TV station slammed for handing news reader jacket -- in the middle of weather forecast

16 May 2016 / 1 year 1 week ago

A Los Angeles news station has come under fire after it forced a news reader to cover up with a cardigan, live on-air, when viewers complained about her sparkling black dress.

Liberte Chan was delivering the 8am weather report on Saturday when a grey cardigan suddenly popped into view, reports Asiantown.

"What"s going on," she asks morning anchor Chris Burrous, who was off-camera as he held out the sweater.

"You want me to put this on? Why? "Cause it"s cold?"

"We"re getting a lot of emails," he replies as Liberte puts on the cardigan, a confused look on her face. "There you go."

"What?" Liberte says, clearly shocked in the middle of her forecast. "Really? Okay." "I look like, a librarian now," she then says, visibly unhappy with the change.

"That works," Burrous jokes. "It"s a librarian going to a cocktail party." Liberte tries to make the best of the situation, tying the ends of a cardigan like a wrap as Burrous tells her:

"Everyone"s got an opinion on your dress this morning." "Alright well, I"m sorry," Liberte tells her viewers. "The other dress didn"t work. I had to wear something."

The awkward interruption quickly caught the attention of the Twitterverse, with many saying they were outraged that KTLA forced Liberte to put a cover-up on while she was doing her job.

"Wow KTLA, too s*****, too matronly, too much cleavage, too manly, too casual, too formal," one user wrote. "too MUCH BODY SHAMING".

"You can kinda see that she was f****** humiliated," said another. "Her dress was fine. If I was her I would have walked off on air."

One person shared a screen grab of a 2012 KTLA weather forecast, in which the male meterologist brought out two models wearing Frederick"s of Hollywood lingerie to help with the forecast.

"Double standard much," the user captioned the picture. "This is beyond lame," wrote another. "Way to NOT stand behind your newscasters, KTLA. Your producer should be ashamed." 

Burrous also received plenty of criticism, with one viewer saying he had been "deeply misogynistic and degrading as hell". "There is no justification for what he did. PERIOD", she wrote. 

Burrous had previously taken to Twitter to tell viewers that half the emails KTLA received expressed love for the dress while the others hated it.

"Problem solved! Here"s our compromise," he wrote, sharing a picture of Liberte wearing the dress with the grey cardigan.

"Problem solved after you publicly shamed her," responded one follower. "No shame. Just kidding, offering up sweater," Burrous replied.

"Good friends kid each other. Sorry I offended. We have a good time." But the explanation wasn"t enough for one viewer, who wrote: "Nobody buys your excuse. You humiliated her on air. Shame on you."

"I completely understand meant in jest but I see how it seemed," Burrous conceded. "I am sorry. I hope you will give me another chance." 

Burrous brought Liberte on air to "make peace on the dress", telling viewers that "we kid each other all the time". 

Liberte also revealed the outfit that she had originally planned to wear that morning, a white and black patterned dress that had been too light for the green screen.

"That"s not any more revealing," Chris said. "I think it"s the shimmer that throws people off."

The KTLA newscasters also revealed the nasty emails they had received from morning viewers who were upset that Liberte dared to wear a fun, sparkling dress on the AM newscast.

"Liberte Chan"s dress is totally inappropriate, looks like she didn"t make it home from her cocktail party," wrote one viewer.

"Weather girl looks like she never went home from last night"s stripper gig," another claimed.

 ‘Liberte Chan looks like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in the same dress. Not appropriate for the morning weather report," one viewer wrote.

"The shows producers should not have allowed her to do it in a cocktail dress. Handing her the sweater during the report was also in poor taste, they should have given it to her afterwards."

"All in all, poorly done all around.’ Another said the KTLA management had shown "very poor judgement" by letting Liberte do the weather in a "New Year"s Eve cocktail dress".

"Wow, people are mad," Liberte can be heard in the off-camera Facebook Live video. "It"s a dress people." "Can we talk about my weather performance?" she asks. 

Liberte then turned to the camera to give her final statement on the dress. ‘Wow, okay everyone. I had this dress on,’ she says, having the camera pan on the white and black patterned dress.

‘It did not work and I had a backup and that’s it people. I don’t know why everyone’s hating. I don’t know what to tell you. You know, it’s a black dress.’

‘I’m sorry if I was inappropriate,’ she then said. ‘So here’s the deal,’ she added.

‘Tomorrow I better knock it out of the park, I better make everybody happy. Now I need to go shopping, this is a lot of pressure.’

‘Nobody cares what I’m saying on the green screen,’ she continues. Liberte then turns the camera on Burrous and his co-anchor Lynette Romero.

She reveals that Burrous is wearing shorts underneath his suit jacket and tie. "Talk about inappropriate!" she and Romero yell.

And then she pans the camera to reveal Romero isn"t wearing heels or flats, but a pair of fuzzy pink and green-striped socks on her feet.

"Don"t be haters," Liberte then tells KTLA viewers. "Like, you guys are in bed.We"re just trying to have a good time."

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