*Was she high?
On Sunday, a news reporter in Alaska said “F*** it, I quit,” during the live newscast and walked out of frame to begin her new focus on legalizing marijuana in the state.
KTVA Anchorage Charlo Greene pulled her little stunt immediately following a story on the Alaska Cannabis Club, billed as the “only medical marijuana resource” in the region, according to its website.
After the segment, Charlo told viewers, “Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.”
“And as for this job,” she said, “well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.”
She gave a shrug and walked off camera, leaving KTVA (a CBS affiliate) to cut to its shocked anchor back at the desk, who apologized “for that” and literally stammered her way to the next story.
News director Bert Rudman later issued a statement on behalf of the program, saying, “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
Charlo later told Alaska Dispatch News her employer had no idea she was going to quit or that she was affiliated with the Alaska Cannabis Club. When asked why she made her exit in such a dramatic way, she said, “Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real…most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”
The bill, according to Alaska.gov, would regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in the state, allowing adults 21 and older “to possess, use, show, buy, transport or grow set amounts of marijuana, with the growing subject to certain restrictions.”