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KTLA anchor Mark Mester fired after on-air outburst over Lynette Romero’s departure

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Lynette Romero (left) and Mark Meester in KTLA

Lynette Romero, left, and Mark Meester were KTLA anchors. (KTLA)

KTLA news anchor Mark Meester was fired Thursday afternoon, days after he was suspended following an unscripted clip about his assistant anchor Lynette Romero’s sudden departure, according to several employees at the station.

The director general of the newsroom, Janine Davis, announced the shooting succinctly during a meeting in the newsroom around 1:15 p.m., saying:[Mester] He’s no longer at KTLA5,” employees who attended the announcement told The Times Thursday.

The KTLA website no longer lists Mester on its list of correspondents and correspondents.

Last week, KTLA announced that Romero, a longtime presenter on the popular KTLA weekend morning show, had left the station without saying goodbye to viewers, sparking outrage and widespread criticism.

“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to transition from presenting the morning news on the weekend,” Pete Sayers, the station’s news director, wrote in a statement read by entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. During the September 14th segment.

“We really wanted it to stay, and KTLA management worked hard to make that happen,” Rubin added. “Lynette decided to leave for another chance. We were hoping she would record a farewell message for viewers, but she refused. Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and we wish her and her family well.”

According to the station’s sources, who asked not to be identified, Romero no longer wants to work on weekends and has asked management to work a fixing shift during weekdays so she can spend more time with her family, but was told there are no job opportunities. Sources said she was assigned to another local TV news station, it was reported.

During the weekend morning show on Saturday, Romero’s assistant Meester walked away from the script with an emotional speech. He apologized, on behalf of the station, to viewers, saying that the handling of Romero’s exit “was rude, it was rough, it was inappropriate, and we are very sorry.”

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He went on to apologize to Romero, whom he called his “best friend”.

“You didn’t deserve this, it was a mistake and we hope you find it in your heart to forgive us,” said Meester, in a broken voice at times, in a monologue that lasted more than four minutes with three of his colleagues.

Many viewers applauded Meester’s ad-packed message, but shortly after he defended Romero, Meester was suspended, prompting further criticism of how KTLA handled the situation.

However, the newsroom staff spoke of a different scenario and claimed that Meester had violated their trust.

Staff said the producers wrote a script for Meester to read to send Romero, accompanied by photos and clips from her radio shows. He also chartered a plane with a sign to fly over the station with the message: “We love you, Lynette.” Meester had pitched the producers to include footage from the plane in the part but was turned down.

Meester did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Times.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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