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    News Anchor Fired After Going Off-Script To Deliver ‘Reckless’ Monologue About Ex-Colleague

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    Lynette Romero has spent almost 23 years with KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. She was a member of a news team, co-anchoring alongside Mark Mester.

    Romero unexpectedly quit the station after almost 24 years, the Los Angeles Times reported last week.

    “Last week, KTLA announced that Romero, a longtime anchor of its popular weekend morning show, had left the station without saying goodbye to viewers, drawing wide outrage and criticism,” the Times reported.

    The network had briefly declared that Romero, an Emmy Award winner, was departing to explore “another opportunity elsewhere,” according to a statement read by anchor Sam Rubin on September 14 as reported by TheWrap.

    “After nearly 24 years, Lynette Romero, our friend Lynette, has decided to move on from anchoring our weekend morning news. KTLA management had hoped she would stay here her entire career, and KTLA worked hard to make that happen, but Lynette has decided to move onto another opportunity elsewhere.”

    The announcement created some confusion on Twitter, with posts asking,” Strange how she didn’t get a goodbye show after so many years. Many viewers are wondering what really happened.”

    In a follow-up post, TheWrap described some of the fury at her departure: “Romero, reportedly beloved by her colleagues in the KTLA newsroom, wasn’t permitted to clean out her own belongings or say goodbye to longtime viewers of the newscast.”

    The Times quoted anonymous station sources who provided background: “Romero no longer wanted to work weekends and had asked management to allow her to work a weekday anchor shift so she could spend more time with her family, but she was told there were no openings. She reportedly has been hired at KNBC-TV, L.A.’s NBC affiliate, as one of its weekday morning show anchors.”

    In the television news industry, “for newsroom manaers not to give airtime to talent leaving for a competitor station,” the New York Times observed.

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    Fans responded with complaints about the abrupt change. Romero was low-key about her departure, but on the day of the announcement, she retweeted a comment by one viewer, Michael Mattes.

    “Granted I’m just a viewer and don’t know the whole ins and outs of what happened but the way the amazing @LynetteRomero was seemingly dismissed today without giving her a proper goodbye opportunity is a BAD look,” Mattes wrote.

    Romero’s Twitter post responded with gratitude for her viewers’ support and a hint at her plans: “Stay tuned my friends I’ll be right back.” CONTINUE READING…

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