On Monday’s broadcast of “Ellen”, cancer-stricken Phillies fan Julie Kramer was greeted with a surprise appearance by Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley, a gesture that struck Talk Radio 12120 morning host Chris Stigall as high comedy. The following comes courtesy of Philly.com’s Rob Tornoe :

“You know Chase Utley’s not going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It’s a nice invite, but he won’t even be there.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, Stigall then decided to mock Kramer, pointing out the 23-year-old Tabernacle resident battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma might not survive through 162 games:

“Plus, it’s probably terminal what that woman has. You think she’s going to live through an entire season?”

During Wednesday’s show, Stigall issued an awkward apology for his comments, claiming simultaneously the comments he made were beneath him while also blaming “people who wish to do me harm professionally” for taking his words out of context.

“I know my heart and intent was something very different than my words, but that doesn’t matter. It is my prayer that Mrs. Kramer was successful in her battle,” Stigall said. “And my thoughtless attempt at a joke about our show conveyed a sentiment that came off as much different. And for that, I am sincerely sorry.”