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.
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“