Liberté Chan reports the weather outside, though a storm of another kind brewed Saturday on the KTLA set, sending social media into a frenzy as a male co-worker asked the meteorologist to cover up her dress by handing her a sweater during a live broadcast.
During Chan’s weather report, Chris Burrous, a weekend anchor for the Los Angeles-based news channel, holds a grey sweater in his arm and stretches it into the frame. Chan, who was wearing a thin-strapped black dress, looks surprised when the disembodied arm hovers in the corner of the screen.
“What’s going on? You want me to put this on? Why, because it’s cold?” she asked.
“We’re getting a lot of emails,” Burrous responded.
“I look like a librarian now,” Chan observed after donning the garment.
Seated next to Burrous at the news desk, KTLA’s Lynette Romero refocused the conversation onto her male co-anchor. “I think we should see if somebody’s going to help him with his pants,” she said, implying his offscreen, below-the-waist garb wasn’t fit to be shown on camera.
Chan added: “That is so true. You come up here. Show them what you’re wearing.”
Following the incident, viewers voiced support for the meteorologist on social media.
Chan later tweeted in defense of her outfit of choice, telling a user the dress she initially chose to wear “keyed out” on camera (meaning it registered as “semi-transparent” in front of the green screen), which forced her to change into the black one. She also wrote about the incident on her blog, Life of Liberté.
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“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,” Chan wrote. “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.”
On Chan’s official Facebook page, she posted a video of Burrous reading the barrage of emails allegedly sent to the station in response to the meteorologist’s dress. One viewer said: “Liberté Chan’s dress is totally inappropriate for the Saturday morning newscast. It looks like she didn’t make it home from her cocktail party last night.”