LOS ANGELES -- A weather reporter at Los Angeles television station KTLA was stopped in the middle of her forecast Saturday and was handed a sweater after viewers complained that her dress was too revealing.
Liberte Chan stopped midsentence as a hand from off camera started dangling a sweater.
“What’s going on?” asked Chan, who was wearing a sparkling black dress. “You want me to put this on? Why? ’Cause it’s cold?”
“We’ve been getting a lot of emails,” said the voice belonging to the hand.
“What?” Chan said as she put on the sweater. "Really?”
“I look ... like ... a librarian now,” she said.
Chan posted the video on her Facebook page and asked viewers felt the dress was too revealing. Chan also posted a video of a colleague reading some of the emails that were sent to the station.
"It looks like she didn’t make it home from a cocktail party last night,” one viewer wrote.
Another colleague asked Chan her if she is going to wear the dress again.
“No. It was a loaner anyway,” Chan said.
Chan wrote a blog post about the incident.
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.During the 8am hour, my co-anchor came over and handed me a sweater and said, “we’re getting a lot of emails.” I was surprised since I hadn’t seen any of the emails and didn’t think there was anything that inappropriate (the beads/sequins were probably a little much for the morning, but what girl doesn’t like something that sparkles?!), so I played along and put on the sweater.
That prompted a barrage of tweets and more emails from viewers, some of which I included below.
To be perfectly honest, the black beaded dress was a backup. The pattern on my original black and white dress didn’t work on the weather wall (for some reason, it turned semi-transparent), so after my first weather hit at 6am, I changed.
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.
More importantly, I hope my viewers were able to plan their Saturday once they heard my forecast and enjoyed the sunny weather after the clouds cleared.
Chan discussed the incident on the air on Monday morning.
Editor’s note: FOX31 Denver and KTLA are owned by Tribune Broadcasting.