There’s a lot going on in that headline, and I didn’t even mention the arrest yet, so let’s break it down.
1. Shea Allen is a special investigations reporter for the Huntsville, Alabama-based ABC affiliate WAAY-TV, or at least she was, before she was fired because of something she posted on her personal blog.
2. That something: the Lindsay Lohan-less “Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter,” including, “I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser,” “I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am,” and my personal favorite, “I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.” I’ve often said that WAAY-TV has been sorely lacking in segments about the Old Country Buffet.
3. Allen deleted the post once it went viral, but it’s back up. “This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for,” she wrote. “To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It’s funny, satirical, and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn’t fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche.” Uh-huh. I bet she really likes Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, too.
4. Allen has since tweeted that she was “terminated without cause,” but today came reports, from an ex-co-worker via Gawker, that she was a “ticking time bomb for termination.” Allen was arrested in 2012, suspended for saying “f*ck” on the air, and “allegedly followed that up with another warning for running a news package ‘that contained profanity and racial slurs.'” Man, I liked her, right up to the “racial slurs” part.
The moral of the story here: all reporters should be Karl Stefanovic. Know what I mean?