KTLA Viewers Angry Over Abrupt Exits of Weekend Anchors Mark Mester and Lynette Romero: It ‘Was a D— Move’
Fans of KTLA’s weekend news team Lynette Romero and Mark Mester are fuming at the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s decision to boot both in short succession, with many calling for a boycott.
The drama began on Sept. 14 when KTLA announced that Romero had left after 24 years with the station to “pursue another opportunity.” The station didn’t allow her an on-air goodbye to viewers, which is typical when longtime on-air talent depart their jobs.
Mester later paid tribute to his co-anchor on-air, while simultaneously protesting the move and apologizing to Romero for the way the station and its general manager, Janene Drafs, treated her. He was subsequently suspended and then fired.
Viewers weren’t pleased about losing two of their favorite local newscasters under these conditions and took to social media with profanity-laced rants against the station.
“Wait a f—ing minute.@ktla suspended @mester_mark?!?! Y’all can f— all the way off for how you treated Lynette & her departure. Mark was 100% in the right. It’s like you guys are begging to lose all your viewers with this kind of behavior,” wrote Twitter user Rox.
Emmy Award-Winning Reporter Lynette Romero Exits KTLA After 24 Years
Another tweeted, “F— you @KTLA for firing @mester_mark for his remarks regarding @LynetteRomero. You should be encouraging that kind of friendship amongst coworkers.”
Another person wrote on Thursday night, “You had been a pillar of the community for 75 years, KTLA. But now more than ever we believe you need a refresher course, a reminder of what being family truly means to you. Because this ain’t it. #BoycottKTLA“
“I had @KTLA on whether or not I was watching. You were my ‘to g’ channel for decades. Lynette’s departure was still unclear but firing @mester_mark is unforgivable,” shared another viewer.
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You had been a pillar of the community for 75 years, KTLA. But now more than ever we believe you need a refresher course, a reminder of what being family truly means to you.
Because this ain’t it. #BoycottKTLA
— Mandy the Angel Hamster
(@CastielsHamster) September 23, 2022
I had @KTLA on whether or not I was watching. You were my “to go” channel for decades. Lynette’s departure was still unclear but firing @mester_mark is unforgivable. Other channels better up your game-we are channel surfing
— Laura (@lauralara2000) September 23, 2022
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