LA news anchor fired after calling his OWN station ‘rude and cruel’ in rogue monologue: KTLA star said live on air that ‘best friend’ colleague – who left after 24 years – was not given an opportunity to say goodbye viewers
- TV host fired after he ignored producer’s script and slammed the station
- KTLA’s Mark Mester Was Furious Over Co-Host Lynette Romero’s Departure
- Romero had left days before, but hadn’t had a chance to say goodbye
A Los Angeles news anchor has been fired after going off-script and calling his own television station live on the air about the departure of his beloved co-anchor.
Mark Mester, of KTLA, was first suspended and received his marching orders Thursday after ditching a pre-prepared script and launching a passionate apology to viewers over the departure of “best friend” Lynette Romero.
“I want to start now by apologizing to you,” Mester said live on air Saturday.
What the viewers experienced was rude, cruel, inappropriate and we are so sorry.
The station had announced the departure of Romero, a long-serving and popular host of the weekend morning show, without giving her a chance to say goodbye to viewers, much to their outrage.
Mark Mester, (right) of KTLA, was first suspended and received his marching orders Thursday after throwing out a pre-prepared script and launching an impassioned apology to “dear friend” Lynette Romero, (left) who had left the station for a few days. leave earlier
Station employees told the Los Angeles Times that station manager Janene Drafs announced during a short speech to the editors Thursday afternoon that Mestler had been fired.
‘[Mester] is no longer on KTLA5,” she told the staff present.
Mester had taken the opportunity on his Saturday morning show to apologize to viewers on behalf of KTLA for the manner of Romero’s departure in a manner that implicitly criticized the station.
“We’re going to offer you dignity and grace, what this station should have done from the start,” Mester said.
“I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero, because Lynette, I love you so much, you are literally my best friend,” he said, his voice cracking now and then. “You didn’t deserve what happened to you.”
“You didn’t deserve this, it was a mistake and we hope you can find it in your heart to forgive us.”
Staffers said the producers had written an approved script for Mester to read as a tribute to Romero, accompanied by photos and clips from her broadcasts.
But Mester, pacing angrily before the show, dismissed it in favor of his own ad-libbed monologue, in which he said there was a plane in the sky with a message of love and gratitude to Romero.
He had rented the plane to fly over the station with a banner reading “We love you Lynette,” which he pitched to producers as footage to include in the segment, but it was turned down.
Romero, who had become a popular institution over the course of a 24-year career at the station, had left after bosses turned down her request to swap her weekend show for a weekend shift to spend more time with her family.