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LA anchor pays tribute to former co-host who was fired after rogue on-air comments

Popular Los Angeles morning anchor Lynette Romero assured fans her former co-anchor who was fired after he went rogue on-air will do “amazing things” as he moves past his controversial termination.

Television anchor Mark Mester was let go by KTLA last month after he went off-script to blast his own station for the way they handled Romero’s exit from the company.

“I will tell you Mark and I talk every day,” Romero said on a Facebook livestream Friday. “I’m respecting him, he’s respecting me and our privacy and all those things. We will talk about all these things at some point. This is not the time or the place so I know you guys will respect that.

“He is well and taking care of himself and he’s going to be doing amazing things I’m sure of it because he’s an amazing person. We will always be friends.”

While Romero was coy Friday about her sudden exit from KTLA last month that spurred Mester’s controversial remarks, she opened up a bit about her departure on the first day with her new station KNBC-TV.

Romero talked about her new gig during a Facebook live stream last Friday.

On Monday, she said on local morning show “Today in LA” she had “no idea” the show she taped in mid-September would be her final one with KTLA where she worked for 24 years amid contract negotiations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“You know how contract negotiations go — or maybe you don’t — but it’s not fun,” she said, according to the newspaper. “So then I actually never went back … a little over a month, but it feels like forever.”

Romero left her former station without personally saying goodbye to viewers, which rankled Mester. Instead, another reporter announced Romero was gone during a brief segment.

During a monologue days after that first announcement, Mester told her over the air “you did not deserve what happened to you.”

Romero and Mester worked at KTLA together.
Romero and Mester worked at KTLA together.

“I want to start off right now by offering up an apology to you,” Mester said to the viewers. “What the viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate and we are so sorry.”

He was suspended and then fired following the daring on-air rant.

Romero’s new home, KNBC, is rivals with her former employer, according to the LA Times.

Mester has not been active on his social media pages since his ouster.

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