Meteorologist Asked to Cover Up on Air Says She Was Not Ordered by Station to Wear Sweater: 'It Was a Spontaneous Moment'
First Liberté Chan was called out for her bare shoulders, then KTLA got flack for having her cover up
Meteorologist Liberté Chan got flack for wearing a dress that exposed her shoulders, and then her news station was criticized for having her cover up on-air – but Chan says she was not forced to put on the sweater.
“For the record, I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater,” Chan wrote on her blog. “I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke, and if you’ve ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time.”
“And, also for the record, there is no controversy at KTLA. My bosses did not order me to put on the cardigan, it was a spontaneous moment. I truly love my job, I like my bosses and enjoy working with my coworkers. Since talking to my team, I want our viewers to know it was never our intention to offend anyone. We are friends on and off the air and if you watch our newscast, you know that.”
Chan didn’t intend to wear the sparkly, fringed black dress that caused a “slew of negative emails from viewers saying the dress was inappropriate for air,” at first – she was initially wearing a black and white patterned dress, but it looked “semi-transparent” against the green screen Chan uses for her weather forecasts.
She made it through two hours of the broadcast in her dress before her co-anchor handed her the sweater during the 8 a.m. hour.
“I was surprised since I hadn’t seen any of the emails and didn’t think there was anything that inappropriate (the beads/sequins were probably a little much for the morning, but what girl doesn t like something that sparkles?!), so I played along and put on the sweater,” Chan explains.
“It’s a dress, people! Can’t we talk about my weather performance?” Chan responded.
Chan says there’s no hard feelings though, and thanked her followers for their tweets of support.