Yesterday, FTVLive told you that WZTV Nashville Sports Anchor Dan Phillips claimed he was fired for doing a Prince themed sportscast. During a four minute sports roundup, Phillips managed to name-drop each song on “Purple Rain” and just about every other major Prince single.
Phillips said that some viewers and some station managers at the station did not like the cast and he was fired.
“Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.”
Well, a station insider says that might not be the only reason that the plug was pulled in Phillips.
Sources tell FTVLive that WZTV Reporter Meagan O’Halloran was doing a Facebook LIVE. She was having other reporters in the newsroom pull questions from a fishbowl, so the audience could get to know them better (It’s sweeps, right?). Anyway, according to our source, when O'Halloran approached Phillips office, he said something, “You better not come into my fucking office”. She did, and word is that Phillips throw down a few more F-Bombs on live Facebook broadcast.
O’Halloran quickly deleted the video, but viewers still saw it on the live stream.
Insiders say that they incident played a big part in his firing as well.