KTLA fired Mark Mester days after he was suspended for making script mistakes and pointed out how the station handled the resignation of longtime colleague Lynette Romero, The Hollywood Reporter have learned.
Station general manager Janene Drafs announced that Mester had been fired during a newsroom meeting on Thursday, LA time reported.
On September 14, KTLA announced that Romero had decided to switch to work after nearly 24 years at the station and pursue another opportunity, although the station hopes she will spend the rest of her career with them. .
“KTLA worked hard to make that happen,” anchor Sam Rubin said during a broadcast. “Lynette, we wish you luck, we miss you and we thank you for everything you have done for KTLA. … On behalf of everyone here, we wish you and your family all the best. “
After Romero’s departure, Mester spent part of his show on September 17 apologizing to viewers on behalf of the station, saying the way they handled the resignation “was rude, cruel, inappropriate appropriate, and we are very sorry. ”
“You don’t deserve this,” Mester said, calling Romero “his best friend.” “It was a mistake, and we hope you can find it in your heart to forgive us.”
KTLA did not reply CHEAPAsked for comment on Mester’s departure but shared a statement about Romero’s departure from the show.
“After 24 years, Lynette Romero has decided to switch to anchoring our weekend morning news,” said radio news director Pete Saiers. “We really wanted her to stay and KTLA Management worked hard to make that happen. Lynette decided to leave to find another opportunity. We were hoping she would record a farewell message to viewers but she declined. Lynette has been a wonderful member of the KTLA family and wishes her and her family all the best. ”