A few days ago, the Internet laughed heartily at CSN Chicago reporter Susannah Collins when she screwed up and said the word “sex” instead of “success” on air. We chose not to post it at the time, because it seemed like a pretty harmless mistake that wasn’t worth riding her about, so to speak.
Here’s said (Freudian?) slip:
Well, seems CSN didn’t feel the way we did about this. They felt it was worth riding her about. All the way out the door. Not that they would admit to such a merciless riding:
Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter Susannah Collins, part of the broadcast team covering the Chicago Blackhawks, is no longer with the network as of Thursday night, after two days of internet attention over a flubbed sentence on live television led to revelations about previous, more controversial sports show appearances.
“Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways,” Phil Bedella, vice president and general manager of CSN Chicago said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Susannah has contributed to our network over the past year and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
This is the second example in as many days of a reporter being fired for screwing up, with the company insisting that the screwup had nothing to do with the firing. Are we really supposed to believe that Collins, after a year with CSN, would suddenly get the ax for a reason other than saying hockey players are boning a lot on live TV?
Some say that all the attention on this video brought Collins’ past work to light — namely, some “funny” videos she made that involve sexual content and a shot of a woman on the toilet. But if this stuff existed online for years without a problem, why the issue now?
Overall, a very curious, kneejerk reaction with an explanation no one is buying over an honest mistake.
(P.S. — What’s the deal with people named Collins trying to shove their sex lives in our faces? Don’t they have any shame? Ugh!)