One of the regulars on the evening news has been fired by a station in San Antonio over a “racy” video report. A piece on the San Antonio Express-News “My San Antonio” blog reports that J.T. Street was fired last week by Fox affiliate KABB-TV.
Street has been presenting a segment on KABB’s 9 p.m. newscast called “Street’s Corner” since 2011. The segment “looked at fun, delicious and madcap elements of San Antonio,” according to the piece.
“Street’s final story and the catalyst for his dismissal was the topic of insider television buzz over the weekend,” the story notes. “It was a piece on the outlandishly costumed heavy metal band Gwar, which is famous for its provocative antics on stage. The band performed in San Antonio Tuesday night [Sept. 1].
“The lead singer reportedly was wearing a codpiece sporting a couple of prosthetic penises that weren’t sufficiently blurred, and a few seconds of that video made it onto the Fox affiliate’s early morning news Wednesday [Sept. 2].”
The gaffe ended Street’s eight-year tenure with the station. He confirmed his dismissal in a Facebook post, calling the incident “bittersweet.”
Said Street: “I’m honestly grateful that I was able to be on as long as I was. People don’t last in this market, and to be allowed to do something as frivolous as a feature segment, and one that often went against the grain, for nearly five years, was an honor.”
An executive for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns the station, declined to comment.