What’s Subsequent for Former KTLA Co-Anchors Mark Mester and Lynette Romero After Exit Drama

A Los Angeles TV station is transferring on following greater than every week of drama that lets within the firing of an anchorman.

KTLA, a CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group, has rapidly assembled a brand new crew, together with Megan Telles and Pedro Riverato steer its weekend morning broadcast after terminating Mark Mester following his on-air criticism about how his co-anchor Lynette Romero‘s sudden exit was introduced publicly. Movies of his stunning monologue went viral and plenty of viewers have expressed outrage at each journalists’ departures.

“Morale on the morning shift has been very sturdy this weekend,” a station supply with data of the scenario advised E! Information. “The crew got here collectively, rallied round one another with a sense of camaraderie, having the attention that many viewers have posted on social media that they are going to be boycotting KTLA this weekend.”

E! Information has reached out to KTLA, Mester and Romero for remark and has not heard again.

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What Will Occur to Mark Mester Now?

“Mark has employed an legal professional and is exploring authorized choices in opposition to KTLA,” the supply advised E! Information.

What Will Occur to Lynette Romero?

The supply advised E! Information that Romero is “completely satisfied to be headed to KNBC,” and has accepted a job that features principally anchoring and solely on weekdays. E! Information has reached out to the Los Angeles TV station for remark and has not heard again.

Romero has not confirmed her subsequent profession transfer however did tweets following her exit from KTLA, “I’ll all the time be glad about the love and affection LA viewers have given me. Keep tuned my pals I will be proper again.”


What Led to Lynette Romero’s Exit and KTLA’s Announcement?

The supply advised E! Information that after Romero notified station leaders of her intent to depart for a direct competitor, she expressed her need to say goodbye dwell on the air and KTLA refused, as a substitute providing her the choice to document a taped goodbye message to viewers. She declined the supply, the insider mentioned.

In a Sept. 23 statements to E! Information, Drafts mentioned, “We actually needed her to remain, and KTLA Administration labored onerous to make that occur. Lynette determined to depart for an additional alternative. We had hoped she would document a farewell message to viewers, however she declined. Lynette has been an exquisite member of the KTLA household and want her and her household one of the best.”

Mark Mester, Lynette Romero


What Led to Mark Mester’s Firing?

KTLA ended up airing a pre-taped tribute to Romero. Mester launched that phase on KTLA’s Sept. 17 morning broadcasts. It will find yourself being his remaining one. Earlier than the montage aired, he spoke on the air about how his former co-anchor’s departure was revealed to viewers. The station’s leisure reporter, Sam Rubinhad introduced her exit throughout a broadcast three days prior.

Relating to that announcement, Mester mentioned that “what the viewers skilled was impolite, it was merciless, it was inappropriate.” Throughout his monologue, he had a photograph of himself and Romero standing with KTLA Vice President and Normal Supervisor Janene Draftswho he referred to as a “terrific girl,” flash on the display.

He apologized to the viewers and to Romero, saying she “deserved to say goodbye,” and received emotional earlier than introducing the edited tribute to his “greatest good friend.” He additionally mentioned that that they had organized for a aircraft to fly over the station with a banner that learn, “We love you Lynette.”

Turmoil ensued off the air after his feedback. KTLA administration got here to the station to talk with Mester, who then “started swearing overtly within the newsroom at them, in entrance of different workers,” the supply mentioned, including, “Mark was requested to depart the newsroom and refused.” A second supply corroborated the report back to E! Information, whereas the Los Angeles Occasions additionally reported a couple of confrontation between Mester and administration.

Days later, KTLA fired Mester, E! Information confirmed. The station wouldn’t touch upon the rationale behind his termination.

How Did Lynette Romero Really feel About Mark Mester’s Tribute?

“She has been in contact with Mark and the 2 of them stay shut pals,” the primary supply advised E! Information. “She was really touched by his assist on the air.”

Who Is Changing Mark Mester and Lynette Romero on KTLA?

The primary supply advised E! Information that whereas “there isn’t any long run plan in place for the longer term,” the short-term plan is to proceed having Megan Telles and Pedro Rivera assist fill in on the anchors’ desk on weekend mornings, together with Doug Kolkwho tweeted Sept. 24 that KTLA has “all the time been and nonetheless is a really enjoyable place to work.” Nonetheless, Kacey Montoya joined the previous two on the broadcasts that day and on Sept. 25.

However many viewers nonetheless offended concerning the departures of Mester and Romero usually are not completely satisfied concerning the new crew. On Sept. 24, a viewer shared a photograph of Telles and Rivera on Twitter, with the caption, “@KTLAWeekendAM the brand new faux @KTLAWeekendAM present starring the faux anchors.” The account tweeted again, “No they’re actual, they exist,” including a thumbs up emoji.

After the primary KTLA Twitter promoted the station’s Sunday morning broadcast, one individual tweeted, “All of them suck! Want substitute for the replacements.”

Rivera replied to the poster with a GIF of Anthony Anderson‘s Black-ish character saying, “Rattling.”

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