NEW YORK (AP) _ Conservative talk-show host Bob Grant, who for years has provoked outrage with his derogatory comments about blacks, has been fired from WABC radio amid criticism of a remark he made after the death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.

Grant was terminated ``by mutual agreement, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,'' Julie Hoover, a Capital Cities-ABC spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

Hoover wouldn't say why Grant was fired, but the move comes two weeks after Grant's comments about the crash of Brown's plane in Croatia. Initial news reports had said there might be one survivor.

``My hunch is that he (Brown) is the one survivor,'' Grant said on his April 3 show, according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a media watchdog group. ``I just have that hunch. Maybe it's because, at heart, I'm a pessimist.''

Grant was not immediately available for comment, and calls to his agent were not returned.

Grant has been a constant target of criticism for his remarks. He has called rioters in Los Angeles and other blacks ``savages,'' and he once used a crude sexual epithet in referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He has said that if basketball star Magic Johnson, who is HIV-positive, developed AIDS and deteriorated, then Johnson would ``make a contribution'' to society, The New York Times reported. He also has said that he hoped President Clinton would ``exchange bodily fluids'' with an HIV-positive immigrant.

Grant's firing comes a month after WABC cut lawyer Alan Dershowitz's call-in show from its lineup after he called Grant a racist.

``Eventually his racism caught up with him,'' Dershowitz said Wednesday.

In the past, Grant has denied his comments are racist.

Grant, 66, was a pioneer in talk radio and he has worked at various New York area stations over the past 30 years. He worked at WABC for 10 years and was heard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The ratings service Arbitron frequently listed his weekday afternoon show as No. 1 in the New York area.

FAIR had frequently called on ABC to muzzle Grant.

``Taking Grant off the air is not the only way, or perhaps the best way, to deal with Grant's bigotry,'' FAIR said in a statement Wednesday.

``We have long urged WABC to balance Grant's rantings with a host who was ready to criticize his dehumanization of minorities, his promotion of violence and his plugs for organized white supremacist groups,'' FAIR said.