A news reporter was asked to cover up while in a live broadcast because they received a lot of tweets complaining about her dress.
A KTLA meteorologist had an embarrassing moment on live TV when she was told to cover up her dress, which many felt was too revealing.
In a video of the incident, meteorologist Liberte Chan can be seen doing her broadcast while wearing a black beaded dress. Suddenly, her broadcast is interrupted by someone appearing from off camera and handing her a sweater.
“What’s going on?” she asks. “You want me to put this on? Why, because it’s cold?”
An off-screen voice then tells Chan that the station was “getting a lot of emails” about her dress.
Chan asked why she was being told to put the on sweater. “We’ve been getting a lot of emails,” the man holding the sweater said.
Chan laughed and said she looked, “like a librarian,” to which the man replied, “That works.”
After the incident, social media lit up accusing Chan of wearing inappropriate work attire, but also accusing her coworkers of mishandling the situation by addressing it on air.
According to Chan, she had been wearing a different dress, but had to change because it did not work with the green screen technology.
— Liberté Chan (@libertechan) May 14, 2016
On her blog Chan wrote:
“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.”
The reporter later said she wasn’t forced by anyone at her job to wear the grey cardigan sweater, but said that a “spontaneous moment” by a colleague to make fun of her outfit inspired the dress choice.
“I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke,” she said, New York Daily News reported.
“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.”