A PETITION has been launched to reinstate a long standing meteorologist after she cried in her leaving video and told fans “no station would hire me.”
Weather reporter Kelly Bates announced she had left NBC affiliate WJAR-10, which broadcasts from Rhode Island, after 17 years.
Kelly Bates tearfully announced she had left NBC affiliate WJAR-10[/caption]
Bates said she was ‘unable to continue working at NBC 10 under existing arrangements’[/caption]
Bates told The Boston Globe she was “unable to continue working at NBC 10 under existing arrangements.”
She added: “Leaving this job was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I loved my job at NBC 10 and it makes me profoundly sad to leave it after 17 years.”
A source told the paper the deal she was offered was “insulting.”
Union rep Fletcher Fischer said: “People have to be able to pay their bills. And [Bates] wanted to be treated fairly.”
The network said Bates “ultimately decided it was time to move on and elected not to renew her contract with us.”
Thousands of viewers have signed a petition calling for her to be reinstated.
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More than 8,500 names have added their support to “Bring Back Kelly Bates.”
The petition reads: “Tell WJAR – NBC 10 that unless they return Kelly Bates to her normal Meteorological time slots and renew her FULL TIME contract, we will no longer be WJAR – NBC 10 viewers.”
‘THIS IS IT’
Bates had tweeted she was leaving the role, writing: “So friends. This is it. I wanted to let you know that I am no longer employed by NBC10.
“If you know anyone who may be looking for a public relations expert with great oral and written skills, please send them my way! “
“Thank you for everything over the nearly 20 years of having the privilege of being a trusted person in the community. It has been one hell of a ride!”
After one fan asked if she had another TV job Bates replied: “As a 49 year old round woman, it’s safe to say my television career is done.”
She later clarified that WJAR had no suggested or said that to her, adding: “Not at all.
“I was answering the question above of me getting a job at another station, and knowing what I do about this business, there is no station who would hire me. It’s fact. Sad and wrong, but fact.
“I have hope for the next generation of ladies in weather.”
Bates also tearfully told viewers in TikTok video she had left her job, writing: “I am no longer employed by WJAR. Thank you so much for tuning. Sorry I can’t do think thank you video without crying. I have tried. No go.”
The Emmy nominee told her fans: “So today was an interesting day. I honestly didn’t think this day would go this way. But here I am.
“I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for trusting me over so long. Thank you for all the nice things you’re saying. It does help. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next, but right now I need a minute to breathe. Sorry, it’s just a lot.
“I can’t wait to see where we’re going to end up next. It’s going to be awesome.”
‘TIME TO MOVE ON’
Vic Vetters, the vice president and general manager of the station, said: “The WJAR team is saddened that meteorologist Kelly Bates is leaving the station after nearly 17 great years together.
“Kelly ultimately decided it was time to move on and elected not to renew her contract with us.
“We thank Kelly for her dedication to WJAR and her commitment to keeping our viewers informed with critical weather updates throughout the years. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
Bates also tearfully told viewers in TikTok video she had left her job[/caption]
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