Ken Rosato was fired from ABC7 after 20 years for using taboo word against co-anchor Shireen Allicot
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ABC7 has been in the news for making a tough call with one of its long-serving anchors. Ken Rosato, who had been working for the news organization for almost 20 years, was recently fired without warning over a shocking comment he made that was picked up on his hot mic. Everyone who heard his statement was stunned to witness a senior faculty of their company stooping so low by using a word that would land anyone in trouble in the professional world. No one knows whether it was frustration or envy that brought out the worst in Rosato, but the repercussions were for everyone to see.
Ken extensively covered the New York City area for ABC7 but suddenly vanished from the air. This came as a surprise for everyone who was accustomed to watching him cover the news. Many looked for an explanation for his sudden disappearance but were left empty-handed. Even ABC7 never disclosed the true nature of his firing until an insider decided to talk.
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'It was the C-word'
Rosato was reportedly fired because he swore at her co-anchor Shirleen Allicot. The 56-year-old anchor who started as a freelancer and was promoted to a full-time position in 2007 was heard calling Shirleen, a “c**t,” as reported by Page Six. “It was the C-word that got him fired. He said it on the hot mic, off-air.” After learning about his derogatory remark about Allicot, the management at ABC7 immediately took action and decided to fire Rosato without further notice.
The local “Eyewitness News This Morning” anchor was given no chance to make his case. ABC7 never revealed the vulgar remark made by him and only addressed the staffers about his firing in an internal e-mail. "We thank him for his years of service," the mail read. His details were also removed from the ABC’s website and Rosato's Twitter account is also no longer in service.
Speculation of a racial slur
It was earlier speculated that Rossato might have been fired for using a racial slur, but the anchor’s representative cleared the air quickly. “Being fired for any racial slur is 100 percent inaccurate and untrue. Ken Rosato had a benchmark of 20 years at WABC of supporting all equality,” the representative said. Rosato's co-anchors were also questioned but none of them were provided with an accurate answer for his firing.
Rosato hosted the morning show with Allicot, Heather O’Rourke, and Sam Champion.