After criticizing his own station live on air for how it handled his former co-anchor Lynette Romero’s unexpected exit from the airwaves, Los Angeles news anchor Mark Mester was let go.
The Los Angeles Times claims that Mester was dismissed by KTLA general manager Janene Drafs during a meeting in the newsroom. The KTLA page for the local news anchor now links to the news team’s page, which no longer includes Mester.
In spite of the station expecting she would continue her career with them, Romero opted to leave after nearly 24 years at the station and pursue another opportunity on September 14.
“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’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 show September 17 going off-script to apologize on behalf of the station to the viewers, saying that the way it handled the resignation “was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate, and we are so sorry.”
“You did not 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.”
Romero, an institution who was with the station for 24 years, left for another station after she unsuccessfully asked her bosses if she could work a weekday anchor shift instead of working on weekends, the LA Times reported.