Comcast Chicago fired sideline reporter Susannah Collins, but not for the reason you might expect.
The Chicago Tribune's Robert Channick reported the network is parting ways with Collins, but not for an unfortunate slip she made on live television recently.
Here is a statement from vice president and general manager of CSN Chicago, Phil Bedella, via the report:
Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways. We appreciate everything Susannah has contributed to our network over the past year and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Bedella is referring to the following video that has gone viral throughout the Internet. It features Collins giving a live report on Tuesday and offering that the Blackhawks have had a "tremendous amount of sex during the regular season":
It's clear that she meant to say "success," but the slip was too good for the nation to pass up. The report says that the video was even featured in a Tonight Show segment on Wednesday.
That kind of free publicity would normally make Collins a star, the kind of sudden Internet celebrity that we have grown accustomed to nowadays. Unfortunately for Collins, it also brought new attention to her previous work, namely a 16-video series by Middlebrow Media that remains live on YouTube.
There, Collins features in a number of segments alongside Sam Raddock, including one that features them reading from a sexually explicit excerpt from "Boys Will be Boys" and another where they do the same from Daryl Dawkins' biography, "Chocolate Thunder."
The bits, which are racially charged and sexually suggestive, were enough for the network to think better of its brand and part ways with the reporter.
The only puzzling thing is that the network, or any before that, failed to dig deep enough to find these videos beforehand, because it doesn't take an Internet hacker to uncover these productions from just a short time ago.
It's safe to assume the new eyes on these videos also brought a great deal more people willing to voice disgust with what they saw.
As the report states, "Collins previously worked as a reporter for Showtime Sports, the NFL Network and as a weekend sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York." She then joined CSN Chicago in September 2012.
All of you reporter hopefuls out there better make sure you are content with your YouTube history. The Internet never forgets.
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