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KTLA fires host Mark Mester after Lynette Romero outburst

KTLA news anchor Mark Mester was fired Thursday afternoon, days after he was suspended following an unscripted segment about the abrupt departure of his co-anchor Lynette Romero, according to multiple station employees.

Newsroom general manager Janene Drafs announced the firing with a brief speech during a newsroom meeting around 1:15 p.m., saying: “[Mester] he is no longer at KTLA5,” staff members who were present at the announcement told The Times on Thursday.

the KTLA website it no longer includes Mester in its list of reporters and anchors.

Last week, KTLA announced that Romero, longtime host of KTLA’s popular weekend morning show, had left the station without saying goodbye to the viewers, generating great indignation and criticism.

“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to stop hosting our weekend morning news,” Pete Saiers, the station’s news director, wrote in a statement read by entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. during a segment on September 14.

“We really wanted him to stay, and KTLA management worked really hard to make that happen,” Rubin added. “Lynette decided to leave for another chance. We hoped she would record a goodbye message for viewers, but she declined. Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and we wish her and her family the best.”

According to station sources who asked to remain anonymous, Romero no longer wanted to work weekends and had asked management to work an anchor shift during the week so he could spend more time with his family, but was told no. there were vacancies. She was reportedly hired at another local television news station, the sources said.

During Saturday’s weekend morning show, Mester, Romero’s co-host, was off script with an emotional speech. He apologized, on behalf of the station, to viewers, saying the handling of Romero’s departure “was rude, cruel, inappropriate and we are very sorry.”

He then apologized to Romero, whom he called “Her best friend.”

“You did not deserve this, it was a mistake and we hope you can find it in your heart to forgive us,” Mester said, his voice breaking at times, in a monologue that lasted more than four minutes with three of his companions.

Many viewers had applauded Mester’s impromptu message, but shortly after his defense of Romero, mester was suspendeddrawing even more criticism on how KTLA handled the situation.

However, newsroom employees spoke of a different scenario, claiming that Mester had violated their trust.

The staff said the producers had written a script for Mester to read to fire Romero, accompanied by photos and clips from his broadcasts. He had also hired a plane with a banner to fly over the station with the message: “we love you lynette.” Mester had asked the producers to include footage of the plane in the segment, but was turned down.

Mester did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.


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