Los Angeles-area news anchor Mark Meester has been fired from CW affiliate KTLA just days after he criticized station executives for how they handled the departure of his co-anchor.
The station’s parent company, Nexstar Media Inc. , that Mester was no longer with the company when PEOPLE contacted her on Thursday. They declined to comment further.
according to Los Angeles TimesKTLA notified staff of the Meester shooting on Thursday afternoon, a week after the station announced the shooting Weekend morning news Broadcaster, Lynette Romero, resigned.
News station executives faced mounting criticism for announcing Romero’s departure. Namely, KTLA had entertainment reporter Sam Rubin break the news during a 40-second segment on a weekday news broadcast, rather than Romero — a KTLA member of nearly 24 years — saying goodbye to the viewers herself.
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Such as times Notes, Mester is not listed in KTLA’s online employee list.
News of Meester’s dismissal follows his clip last Saturday, in which he apologized to viewers for the short clip announcing Romero’s departure, calling it “unfortunate” and “inappropriate”.
“I will take a moment to speak with you directly at this hour, to tell you, what happened here [Wednesday’s broadcast]Meester said in a clip from the show that was posted Social media. “I want to start now by apologizing to you [the viewers]. What viewers experienced was rude, it was rough, it didn’t fit and we are so sorry. I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero, because Lynette… I love you so much, and you really are my best friend, you don’t deserve what happened to you on Wednesday.”
Meester continued in part, “Lynette deserved to say goodbye, it didn’t happen, I don’t know who wrote the script, I don’t know who handed it to Sam Rubin, regardless, it was a mistake.” “We owe you an apology, and we owe Lynette an apology.”
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Shortly after Meester’s speech, Deadline reported that it had been suspended by KTLA.
Presented by Nexstar Media Inc. Statement from KTLA Vice President and General Manager Jenene Drafs in response to Romero’s departure.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to move from publishing our morning news to the weekend,” said Draves. “We really wanted her to stay, and KTLA management worked hard to make it happen. Lynette decided to leave for another chance.”
“We had hoped that she would record a farewell message to the viewers, but she refused,” she said. “Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and wishes her and her family the very best.”
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After her resignation, Romero retweeted a tweet from a fan who said she didn’t give it to her.An opportunity to say goodbye is a bad look. “
“I will always be grateful for the love and affection my LA viewers have given me,” Romero wrote in another tweet on Wednesday. “Stay tuned my friends, I’ll be right back.”
During the script read by Robin, KTLA said the management “hopefully [Romero] She will stay here for the rest of her career, and KTLA worked hard to make it happen, but Lynette decided to move on to another opportunity elsewhere.”
“Lynette, we wish you well, we miss you, and we thank you for everything you’ve done for KTLA, your many friends, fans, and viewers,” the statement read by Robin read.
“That’s weird,” one Twitter user wrote in response to a video of the segment. “I feel like saying goodbye to her was quick to have someone been there for about 24 years.”
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