Wrestling Observer wrote:Rene Dupree in an interview said that the last three years he was in WWE, after he was moved to SmackDown, he was miserable.
“Every day going to work, I was called a French ******. Every day, I don’t want to go to work and be called a ******. What if I was gay? Isn’t that sexual harassment? He’d make jokes and every now and then they were kind of funny, but after a while, it’s like, Jesus Christ...Maybe I didn’t act the right way...No (when asked if he ever complained about it to those higher up). I was just quiet and shy, which maybe came across as arrogant.”
The reaction was such that in Boston on 4/11 during Smackdown, there were several chants of “fire JBL,” and Layfield, who is usually wildly cheered when he comes out before the show, was booed. There were also “We Want Mauro” chants. Worse, a clip went through social media of a fan with a sign that said “I Got Bullied by JBL,” instead of getting his sign confiscated as others were, was kicked out of the building in front of fans who shot the incident with the cell phones.
On the air, it was a very different Layfield. Layfield was a smiling babyface and did nothing to insult the babyfaces, nor his broadcast partners Tom Phillips, who took over Ranallo’s play-by-play roles on the two shows, and Byron Saxton, who was moved over from Raw.
While publically claiming there was no bullying culture in WWE, Jonathan Coachman himself did an interview a few years ago where he talked about how Vince McMahon and others got the local police to fake arrest him for conducting an office football betting pool, and he was so scared, he went into an empty room and cried for ten minutes. Others have noted to us that when he worked in WWE, that Coachman was a favorite target of Layfield.