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KTLA Anchor Mark Mester Fired After Going Rogue With On-Air Message Defending Colleague

A Los Angeles news anchor was fired after going rogue during a broadcast for criticizing his station’s handling of a colleague’s departure, a report said. KTLA’s Mark Mester was initially suspended before being permanently impeached following his off-script message of support for his former co-anchor Lynette Romero, who was not given a chance to say goodbye to on-air viewers, station staff said. Producers had written a script for Mester to read about Romero’s departure, but Mester had apparently made the unilateral decision to do things his own way. “I want to start now by apologizing to you,” Mester told viewers on Saturday. “What the viewers went through was rude, cruel, inappropriate and we are so sorry. I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero because Lynette, I love you so much, you are literally my best friend. You didn’t deserve what you are happen.” Mester also said he had arranged for a plane to fly over the station with a banner that read “We love you, Lynette.”

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