In a shocking turn of events, Ken Rosato, the news anchor of “Eyewitness News This Morning” on ABC 7, found himself abruptly fired.
According to Page Six, Rosato’s downfall came as a result of allegedly uttering a four-letter word to his co-anchor, Shirleen Allicot.
It seems Rosato’s mouth outraced his good judgment, and he referred to Allicot with a derogatory term.
Hot Mic, Cold Reception For The News Anchor
The incident unfolded when Rosato, who was off the air at the time, apparently let the unfortunate word slip out.
Insiders revealed that this verbal blunder was captured by an open mic, leading to swift consequences for the anchor.
He was promptly shown the door and handed his walking papers.
Ken Rosato’s representative, when approached for clarification, danced around the matter.
He neither confirmed nor denied the accusation, instead dismissing any notion of the news anchor making racial remarks on that fateful open mic.
“Being fired for any racial slur is 100 percent inaccurate and untrue. Ken Rosato had a benchmark of 20 years at WABC of supporting all equality.”
The higher-ups at WABC 7, while discreetly informing reporters and anchors of the news anchor’s exit, remained tight-lipped about the exact nature of his offensive utterance.
The mystery surrounding the shocking choice of words only adds to the intrigue, leaving imaginations running wild.
The morning news program, once a well-coordinated symphony of news and banter, now feels the void left by Rosato’s sudden absence.
He shared the anchor desk with the talented Shirleen Allicot, Heather O’Rourke, and meteorologist Sam Champion.
Together, they brought the day’s headlines to life with wit and charm.
Now, the chemistry is disrupted, leaving a palpable hole in the broadcast.
While the station has yet to make a public announcement regarding the news anchor’s departure, insiders reveal that the general manager informed the staff of his exit via email.
“Ken Rosato is no longer with WABC,” the message read.
The absence of fanfare suggests that the network is keen to move on swiftly from this fiasco.
Still, they graciously acknowledged Rosato’s years of service, extending their gratitude.
As if to erase any trace of his presence, Rosato’s bio and September 2020 profile mysteriously vanished from the station’s website.
It’s a digital vanishing act that further underscores the finality of his departure.
In the world of news, where precision and professionalism are paramount, Ken Rosato’s colorful choice of words has cost him dearly.
As we wait for more information to trickle in, one thing is certain: this incident is a cautionary tale to news anchors everywhere.
Wow. He’s been on air in NYC a long time. Though I’m happy to see ABC 7 handled this swiftly and with zero tolerance for that behavior.
— ???? ?? (@olkb11406) May 16, 2023
Was it said in anger…….or was he joking around? I’ve watch that whole morning team for years, and they all seem to have a good relationship…and Ken seemed well liked by his peers….
— John Duffy (@jaydee524) May 16, 2023
#KenRosato Holy Chitballs! Ken Rosato was fired today in NYC for uttering something horrible on a hot mic! His co workers do not know what was said but I’m here dying to find out!! A “source” at ABC said it may have been a racial slur. Yikes!
— Jeannie. ?♀️ (@DianaPr27060514) May 13, 2023