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DJs behind Spears hoax canned

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Jun 26, 2001 | 5:22am EDT

Keith Kramer and Tony "Twitch" Longo, disc jockeys based in San Jose, Calif., whose show aired on KEGL-FM in Dallas, have been fired after they reportedly claimed that pop stars Britney Spears and boyfriend Justin Timberlake were killed in a car crash. A spokeswoman for Clear Channel Communications, which owns KEGL, said that the hoax was not the sole reason for the firing, but confirmed that they were released Monday from their duties. The prank was far from harmless, as police and fire departments were flooded with phone calls, tying up lines needed for real emergencies. Spears' publicist reassured fans that there was no reason to mourn, releasing a statement the next day stating that Spears and Timberlake were in "great health."

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