KTLA sacked anchor Mark Mester days after he was suspended for being off-script, calling out how the station was dealing with the firing of his longtime co-anchor Lynette Romero, The Hollywood Reporter has realized.
Station common supervisor Janene Drafs introduced that Mester had been fired throughout an editorial assembly on Thursday, the Los Angeles Occasions reported.
On September 14, KTLA introduced that Romero had determined to maneuver on after practically 24 years with the station and search one other likelihood, regardless of the station hoping she would stick with them for the remainder of her profession.
“KTLA has labored arduous to make that attainable,” host Sam Rubin stated throughout a broadcast. “Lynette, we want you the perfect of luck, we miss you and we thanks for all you’ve gotten finished for KTLA. … On behalf of everybody right here, we want you and your loved ones nothing however the perfect.”
After Romero’s departure, Mester spent a part of his present on Sept. 17 going off-script to apologize to viewers on behalf of the station, saying that the way in which it dealt with the dismissal was “impolite, merciless, inappropriate, and it we’re so sorry.”
“You did not deserve this,” Mester stated, calling Romero his “greatest good friend.” “It was a mistake and we hope you will discover it in your coronary heart to forgive us.”
KTLA has not responded to THR‘s request for touch upon Mester’s departure, however did share a press release about Romero leaving the present.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has determined to maneuver ahead with anchoring our weekend mornings information‘ stated Pete Saiers, director of the station’s information. “We actually needed her to remain and KTLA Administration labored arduous to make that occur. Lynette determined to go away for one more likelihood. We had hoped she would report a farewell message for viewers, however she declined. Lynette has been a beautiful member of the KTLA household and needs her and her household the perfect.”