LONDON (AP) — It was a spectacular exit.

A well-known British DJ reacted to news that his show had been canceled with an on-air rant against what he called the "pinheaded weasels" running the BBC.

Danny Baker opened his afternoon slot on BBC London radio Thursday by announcing that the show had been canceled. He blamed cost-cutting middle management and "pinheaded weasels who know only the timid, the generic and the abacus."

Listeners took to Twitter to support Baker, a respected broadcaster for 30 years. Comedian Stephen Fry called him "the best" and slammed the BBC's decision.

The BBC confirmed Baker was due to leave at the end of the year, but could not say whether he would complete his contract. The broadcaster said "Danny's decided to take a day off" on Friday.