KTLA fired anchor Mark Mester days after he was suspended for going off-script and calling out how the station dealt with the resignation of his long-time co-anchor Lynette Romero, The Hollywood Reporter has realized.
Station common supervisor Janene Drafs introduced that Mester had been fired throughout a newsroom assembly on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On Sept. 14, KTLA introduced that Romero had determined to maneuver on after practically 24 years on the station and pursue one other alternative, regardless of the station hoping she would spend the remainder of her profession with them.
“KTLA worked hard to make that happen,” anchor Sam Rubin mentioned throughout a broadcast. “Lynette, we wish you luck, we miss you and we thank you for everything you’ve done for KTLA. … On behalf of everyone here, we wish you and your family nothing but the best.”
Following Romero’s exit, Mester spent a portion of his present on Sept. 17 going off-script to apologize on behalf of the station to the viewers, saying that the way in which it dealt with the resignation “was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate, and we are so sorry.”
“You did not deserve this,” Mester mentioned, calling Romero his “best friend.’ “It was a mistake, and we hope you can find it in your heart to forgive us.”
KTLA didn’t reply to THR‘s request for comment on Mester’s exit however did share a press release about Romero leaving the present.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to move on from anchoring our weekend morning news,” station information director Pete Saiers mentioned. “We really wanted her to stay and KTLA Management worked hard to make that happen. 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 wish her and her family the best.”