A meteorologist in Los Angeles was interrupted mid-way through a weather report to cover her shoulders with a cardigan because the station was “getting a lot of emails” about her sparkly black dress.
KTLA reporter Liberte Chan has now responded to the cardigan-gate incident on her personal blog, which she has titled Personal thoughts on the LBD/Sweater moment that went viral.
On her blog, Chan explains to those who missed the incident that she was wearing, “a black, beaded sparkly dress and apparently, the station received a slew of negative emails from viewers saying the dress was inappropriate for air.”
Chan has been working on-air for 10 years and says she has now learned that when you work in this industry and you have to have a thick skin.
“It’s a visual medium and sometimes your outfit works and sometimes it doesn’t,” she writes.
During her 8 am weather segment Chan's co-anchor came and handed her a cardigan. The weather presenter was surprised because she didn’t think there was anything really inappropriate about her outfit.
“The beads/sequins were probably a little much for the morning, but what girl doesn’t like something that sparkles?! So I played along and put on the sweater,” she writes.
That prompted a lot of Tweets, as has her response.
Chan says the dress was a backup outfit. Her original option – a black and white dress – didn’t work with the weather wall.
“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,” Chan writes.
“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.”
Chan continues to love working with her bosses and coworkers.
“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,” she writes.
“More importantly, I hope my viewers were able to plan their Saturday once they heard my forecast and enjoyed the sunny weather after the clouds cleared.”
Facebook has reacted to her response.