KTLA Weather Reporter Embarrassed on Live TV Over Little Black Dress
I can guarantee that most professional women have gone through an experience like this — you need something to wear to work, everything else is in the laundry basket or doesn’t look right for whatever reason, and you think, “Screw it, I’m throwing on this thing that looks more like a party dress. A bit of sparkles and spaghetti straps never killed anybody.”
That was probably KTLA meteorologist Liberte Chan’s mindset when she was reporting the morning weather in a beaded black dress that showed her arms, shoulders and the slightest hint of cleavage (GASP), but the network’s pearl-clutching demographic wasn’t feeling it.
In the middle of Chan’s report, the disembodied hand of her male colleague appeared on the right side of the screen, waving a frumpy gray cardigan.
“You want me to put this on?” a puzzled Chan asked. “Why, because it’s cold?”
“We’ve been getting a lot of emails,” the news anchor announced, in front of God and everybody.
Smooth move, dude.
Chan was noticeably flustered but played it off as a joke. “I look like a librarian now,” she complained, tying the ends of the sweater around her waist.
For the record, the strappy black dress was only a backup. The demure patterned dress she was initially wearing didn’t work, she later explained on Twitter, because it “[chroma] keyed out,” meaning it interfered with the green screen. In a Facebook video she posted later, she displayed the original dress while the news anchor read out some of the emails, which basically accused her of looking like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in last night’s dress.
“Can we talk about my weather performance, my standing in front of the green screen?” she said, sounding annoyed.
“That’s it, people. I don’t know why everyone’s hating, I don’t know what to tell you.”
It’s also worth pointing out that the Facebook video reveals the news anchor wearing cargo shorts and sneakers underneath the desk.
Feedback online has been mostly critical of the male anchor for calling her out on live TV like that.
Since the video went viral, Chan has put up a blog post clarifying the situation:
I’ve worked on-air for 10 years and by now, I’ve learned that everyone has an opinion and you have to have a thick skin to work in this business. It’s a visual medium and sometimes your outfit works and sometimes it doesn’t. […]
For the record, I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater. 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.