Influential DJ Jesus "Chuy" Gomez is out at KMEL-FM 106.1 after more than 20 years on the air, reports said Friday.

No reason was given for Gomez's reported firing, which apparently happened Thursday, according to KTVU. Attempts to reach the station's program director Don Parker were unsuccessful Friday. In an email statement, Parker reportedly told NBC Bay Area, "Out of respect for employee privacy we do not discuss personnel matters, but he is no longer with KMEL."

By Thursday night, Gomez's page was taken down from the KMEL website. KMEL announced in a press release Thursday that afternoon host Sana G. will take over Gomez's morning-show shift beginning Monday, Aug. 19.

Chuy Gomez, a popular and influential morning personality on radio station KMEL-106.1 has been let go by the station after 20 years on the air.
Chuy Gomez, a popular and influential morning personality on radio station KMEL-106.1 has been let go by the station after 20 years on the air. (Gary Reyes - Mercury News archives)

Gomez was popular among Bay Area rap artists and music fans alike, and considered an influential voice for Bay Area hip-hop and R&B. He was known for lending support to a number of up and coming singers and rappers. Social media was full of messages of support for Gomez on Friday.

"Getting word KMEL let long-term DJ Chuy go ... After 20 years??? That's very wack ... He's one of the best," tweeted Davey D, a longtime local DJ and hip-hop historian. He added in another post, "Listeners develop an attachment to certain DJs. These figures are important to them ... folks grew up on Chuy."

Added famed East Bay rapper E-40, "I'm not happy about this!"

And Oakland singer Goapele tweeted her thanks to Gomez for supporting her career.

Gomez responded with gratitude to his more than 17,000 Twitter followers, and promised that more information would be forthcoming.

"Thank you for letting me be a part of your LIFE thru KMEL for 20 years," he tweeted. "On to the NEXT!!..."

KMEL is owned by Clear Channel Media.

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