What led to the dismissal of Mark Mester?
KTLA ended up airing a pre-recorded tribute to Romero. Mester introduced this segment on KTLA’s morning show on September 17. It would end up being his last. Before the montage aired, he spoke live about how his former co-presenter’s departure was revealed to viewers. The station’s entertainment reporter, Sam Rubinhad announced his exit during a broadcast three days before.
Regarding this ad, Mester said “what viewers experienced was rude, it was cruel, it was inappropriate”. During his monologue, he had a photo of him and Romero standing with the vice president and general manager of KTLA Janene Drafswhom he called a “wonderful woman”, flash on the screen.
He apologized to viewers and Romero, saying she “deserved to say goodbye”, and got emotional before presenting the edited tribute to his “best friend”. He also said they arranged for a plane to fly over the station with a banner that read, “We love you Lynette.
The commotion ensued off the air after his comments. KTLA management came to the station to speak with Mester, who “then started swearing at them openly in the newsroom, in front of other employees,” the source said, adding, “Mark was asked to leave the newsroom and he refused”. A second source corroborated the report to E! News, while the Los Angeles Times also reported a confrontation between Mester and management.
Days later, KTLA fired Mester, E! News confirmed. The station would not comment on the reason for his dismissal.
What does Lynette Romero think of the tribute to Mark Mester?
“She has been in contact with Mark and the two remain close friends,” the first source told E! New. “She was really touched by her on-air support.”