Mark Master has been fired from LA TV station KTLA days after being suspended for openly calling out his bosses for the way they handled co-host Lynette Romero’s departure.
According to Los Angeles Times, KTLA’s daily manager Janene Drafs announced during a newsroom meeting that Mester had been fired. The local news anchor’s page on KTLA now forwards to a page on the news team, where Mester is also no longer listed.
Last week, Sam Rubin went on the air to read a statement from KTLA announcing that longtime news anchor Lynette Romero had left the station.
“After nearly 24 years, Lynette Romero, our friend Lynette, has decided to move on from anchoring our weekend morning news,” Rubin read. “KTLA management had hoped she would stay here for her entire career, and KTLA worked hard to make that happen, but Lynette has decided to move on to another opportunity elsewhere.”
Romero was unable to say goodbye to viewers and there was no farewell video package in her honor, angering many loyalists.
After nearly 24 years at KTLA, our Lynette Romero has decided to move on and pursue another opportunity. We wish Lynette nothing but the best of luck with her next chapter. pic.twitter.com/dnjrhCItSs
— KTLA (@KTLA) 14 September 2022
Mester, who co-anchored the newscast with Romero, went on the air to send his friend off and wish her the best with her new job opportunity, calling out KTLA for the way the announcement was handled.
“What viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate, and we are so sorry,” Mester said. “I also want to say sorry to Lynette Romero because, Lynette, I love you so much. You really are my best friend. You didn’t deserve what happened to you on Wednesday.”
Mester would later be suspended from his duties at KTLA, which later made the decision to cut ties with him.