KTLA fired anchor Mark Mester days after he was suspended for being off-script and discussing how the station handled the resignation of longtime co-anchor Lynette Romero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Station general manager Janene Drafs announced that Mester had been fired during a newsroom meeting on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On September 14, KTLA announced that Romero had decided to move on after nearly 24 years at the station and pursue another opportunity, although the station hoped she would spend the rest of her career with them.
“KTLA worked hard to make this happen,” presenter Sam Rubin said during a broadcast. “Lynette, we wish you well, we miss you and we thank you for all you have done for KTLA. … On behalf of everyone here, we wish you and your family the best.
After Romero’s exit, Mester spent part of her September 17 show off-script to apologize on behalf of the station to viewers, saying the way she handled the resignation “was rude, it was cruel. , that was inappropriate, and we’re so sorry.
“You didn’t deserve this,” Mester said, calling Romero his “best friend.” “It was a mistake, and we hope you find the courage in your hearts to forgive us.”
KTLA did not respond to THRasked for a comment on Mester’s exit, but shared a statement on Romero’s departure from the show.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to no longer present our weekend morning news,” said station news director Pete Saiers. “We really wanted her to stay and KTLA Management worked hard to make that happen. Lynette decided to leave for another occasion. We were hoping that she would record a farewell message to the viewers, but she refused. Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and I wish him and his family the best.