Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter/anchor Susannah Collins was fired Thursday night, days after an on-air slip went viral.
After Tuesday's Blackhawks game, Susannah made a Freudian slip on live television. She said that the Blackhawks had a "tremendous amount of sex during the regular season." Collins caught her mistake, correcting the flub to success, but the report quickly went viral.
Videos of Collins slip appeared everywhere from YouTube to news websites. It was also featured in Jay Leno's monologue on Wednesday night's Tonight Show broadcast as the "Freudian Slip of the Day." Scroll to marker 3:14 for Collins mention.
Collins took to Twitter Wednesday, saying:
Thanks for laughing along with me & my "tremendous" slip, guys. Who couldn't use a good chuckle every now & then right?? #Whoops!— Susannah Collins (@susannahcollins) May 1, 2013
The spotlight on Collins brought to light a series of YouTube videos, called Sports Nutz. Collins co-hosted the series, which was uploaded between 2009 and 2010. Produced by Middleborw Media, the series featured sexual reports and racial stereotypes.
By Thursday night, Colins was off the air. A statement from Comcast management read:
"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."
Though not mentioned by the network at the time of her hiring, some are saying Comcast knew of Collins' Sports Nutz background. It was clear Collins didn't try to hide it, as it was part of her online bio.
Backlash has been swift with fans and media professionals voicing their displeasure on twitter.
Sad day. @susannahcollins is a total professional, a talented broadcaster, and a strong reporter. CSN's loss will be somebody else's gain.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 3, 2013
Comcast SportsNet Chicago acted foolishly in firing talented, attractive @susannahcollins. We haven't seen or heard the last from her.— Robert Feder (@RobertFeder) May 3, 2013
ICYMI, Comcast fired Susannah Collins because of her past. Because that is the intelligent, adult thing to do. trib.in/106gByD— Matt Lindner (@mattlindner) May 3, 2013
re: Susannah Collins: "We've made careers out of [slip-ups]" - @pattomasulo + Larry.— WGNMorningNews (@WGNMorningNews) May 3, 2013
Collins was hired in 2012, replacing Sarah Kustok.
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