Longtime anchor of WABC 7’s “Eyewitness News This Morning,” Ken Rosato, has been fired for allegedly making an off-color remark that was picked up on an open mic. Rosato’s colleagues were brought in for a talk, but management wouldn’t disclose what he said. A rep for Rosato denied that the remark was racially motivated.
Ken Rosato, longtime anchor of “Eyewitness News This Morning” on New York’s WABC 7, has been fired after allegedly making an off-color remark that has not been made public.
In a surprising turn of events, ABC News is once again facing scandal with one of its anchors. The network’s flagship local news broadcast, “Eyewitness News This Morning,” has said goodbye to longtime anchor Ken Rosato, after an off-color remark allegedly made on an open mic. While the exact nature of the comment is unknown, a source has speculated that it might have been a racial slur. However, a representative for Rosato denied this claim, stating that he has always supported equality. The former anchor’s tweets from the anchor desk stopped on May 2, and his bio has been removed from the company’s website.
Rosato had been with ABC 7 since 2003, starting as a freelance reporter and working his way up to anchor “Eyewitness News This Morning.” The morning and noon anchor was let go immediately after the remark was made, though it is unclear when this occurred. His co-anchors were informed on Friday but were not given further details about what happened. The general manager of the station sent an email to all staffers on Friday notifying them of Rosato’s departure and thanking him for his years of service.
This latest drama follows the recent departure of co-anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach from “GMA3” due to a reported workplace affair. It is unclear how this latest scandal will affect the network or its viewers. ABC News has not yet commented on the situation, but it remains to be seen whether more information will come to light in the coming days or weeks.