KTLA meteorologist, Liberté Chan, was in the middle of a weather report on Monday (15 May) when a hand holding a cardigan appeared to her left asking her to cover up. The moment, which has since travelled the globe thanks to the Internet, caused backlash by viewers calling out the Los Angeles TV station for apparent double standards. But, however, Chan has now come out to help clear the air.
In a post on her personal blog, Life of Liberté, Chan claimed the incident occurred when the station received a number of negative emails from viewers who argued the little black dress she was wearing was inappropriate. Chan's co-anchor appeared, mid-report, with a sweater noting, "we're getting a lot of emails."
Chan obliged and put on the sweater, but that only seemed to fire viewers up more and the station received "a barrage of tweets and more emails from viewers," she said. Some viewers took issue that the station would "publicly shame" Chan live on air, while others noted the act was a form of sexism.
The meteorologist admitted that the black dress had been a backup and not what she originally intended to wear and even apologised. She also clarified that the whole incident was a joke by her co-anchor Chris Burrous and that she was not offended.
"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," Chan wrote on her blog. "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."
Burrous also took to Twitter to apologise for the joke gone wrong. "I completely understand meant in jest but I see how it seemed. I am sorry. I hope you will give me another chance," he tweeted to a viewer.
Chan added: "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."