A Los Angeles news anchor was fired after he slammed his own station on-the-air for how it handled his former co-anchor’s abrupt departure from the airwaves, a report said.
Mark Mester, of KTLA, was suspended then given the boot after delivering a surprise, off-script defense of former co-anchor and pal Lynette Romero — who wasn’t given the chance to say goodbye on the air, several employees at the television station told the Los Angeles Times.
The station’s manager reportedly told newsroom workers of the termination during a short speech Thursday.
After Mester said farewell to his family, Mester was fired. “best friend”Romero in segment when he claimed it was “unfortunate” how the station didn’t give her a “proper goodbye.”
“I want to start off right now by offering up an apology to you,”Mester spoke to Saturday’s viewers. “What the viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate and we are so sorry.
“I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero because Lynette, I love you so much, you literally are my best friend. You did not deserve what happened to you.”
Mester mentioned in the monologue, that during his monologue, a plane flew over the station carrying a message of thanks to Romero. The LA Times reports that Mester hired the plane with a banner saying, “We love you Lynette.”
The newspaper reported that Mester requested the inclusion of footage from the aircraft in a collection of videos and images the station had played during the farewell.
Producers wrote a script for Mester to read about Romero, staffers told the LA Times, but instead the anchor went rogue, saying he was appalled that Romero wasn’t given air time to tell the audience she would be leaving.
“We’re going to offer you dignity and grace, which is what this station should’ve done from the beginning,”Mester stated in apparent defiance.
“You did not deserve this, we are sorry, it was a mistake and we just hope that you can find it your heart to forgive us,”Mester was added.
Romero was an institution that worked for the station for over 24 years. She left the station to work at another station, after failing to ask her bosses whether she would prefer a weekend anchor job. The LA Times reported.
“I will always be grateful for the love and affection LA viewers have given me,” Romero tweetedLast week. “Stay tuned my friends I’ll be right back.”
Mester was bothered by KTLA’s original salute to Romero on Sept. 14, when reporter Sam Rubin said Romero “has decided to move on from anchoring our weekend morning news.”
“We really wanted her to stay, and KTLA management worked hard to make that happen,”According to the LA Times Rubin claimed. “Lynette decided to leave for another opportunity.
“We had hoped she would record a farewell message to viewers, but she declined. Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and we wish her and her family the best.”
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