By Sarah Carroll
KTLA meteorologist Liberté Chan was interrupted mid-broadcast over the weekend and instructed to wear a cardigan over her bare shoulders after the network received complaints from some of its viewers.
“You want me to put this on,” Chan asked while putting on the sweater. “Why? Because it’s cold?”
“We’re getting a lot of emails,” her co-anchor Chris Burrous said.
Chan had originally planned to wear another dress, but it interfered with the green screen she uses for her weather forecasts.
That’s when she turned to Plan B, a black knee-length beaded spaghetti strap ensemble.
The incident drummed up lots of controversy on social media, where many claimed Chan was unfairly shamed for her wardrobe choice.
“I completely understand meant in jest but I see how it seemed. I am sorry. I hope you will give me another chance,” co-anchor Chris Burrous later apologized.
Chan also shared some thoughts about “Sweatergate” on her personal website.
“I’ve worked on-air for 10 years and by now, I’ve learned that everyone has an opinion and you have to have a thick skin to work in this business. It’s a visual medium and sometimes your outfit works and sometimes it doesn’t,” she began.
“I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater. I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s request, and if you’ve ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time.”