L.A. News Anchor Mark Mester Fired After Calling Out KTLA Over Lynette Romero’s Departure

Mark Master was fired from L.A. television network KTLA days after his suspension for openly berating his bosses for the way they handled the departure of co-host Lynette Romero.
According to the Los Angeles Times, KTLA executive director Janene Drafs announced during a newsroom meeting that Mester had been fired. The local news anchor page on KTLA now redirects to a news team page that also no longer lists Mester.
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Last week, Sam Rubin went on the air to read a statement from KTLA announcing that longtime news anchor Lynette Romero had left the network.
"After nearly 24 years, Lynette Romero, our friend Lynette, has decided to no longer anchor our weekend morning news," Rubin read. "KTLA management had hoped she would stay here her entire career and KTLA has worked hard to make that happen, but Lynette has chosen to pursue another opportunity elsewhere."
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Romero was unable to say goodbye to viewers and there was no farewell video package in her honor, drawing the ire of many supporters.
Mester, who co-hosted the news show with Romero, went on the air to give her friend the proper send-off and wish her the best in her new job opportunity, calling out KTLA for the way the announcement was handled.
"What viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate and we are so sorry," Mester said. "I also want to apologize to Lynette Romero because I love you so much Lynette. You really are my best friend. You didn't deserve what happened to you on Wednesday."
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Mester was later suspended from his professional duties at KTLA and later made the decision to sever ties with him.
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