What led to the firing of Mark Mester?
KTLA ended up airing a prerecorded tribute to Romero. Mester hosted that segment on KTLA’s September 17 morning broadcast. It would end up being the last. Before the montage aired, she talked on air about how her former co-host’s departure was revealed to viewers. The station’s entertainment reporter, sam rubinhe had announced his departure during a broadcast three days earlier.
Regarding that ad, Mester said that “what viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate.” during his monologuehad a picture of him and Romero standing with the KTLA Vice President and General Manager Janene Drafswhom he called a “terrific woman”, flash on the screen.
He apologized to viewers and Romero, saying that she “deserved to say goodbye” and got emotional before performing the edited tribute to his “best friend.” She also said that they had arranged for a plane to fly over the station with a banner reading, “We love you, Lynette.”
Confusion hung in the air after his comments. KTLA management came to the station to speak with Mester, who then “began openly abusing them in the newsroom, in front of other employees,” the source said, adding, “Mark was asked to leave the newsroom. wording and refused”. A second source corroborated the report to E! News, while the Los Angeles Times He also reported on a confrontation between Mester and management.
Days later, KTLA fired Mester, E! Confirmed news. The station declined to comment on the reason for her firing.
How did Lynette Romero feel about the Mark Mester tribute?
“She has been in contact with Mark and the two remain close friends,” the first source told E! News. “She was really touched by her support on air.”