A Channel 5 TV anchor in mid-Michigan said he was fired from his job because he doesn’t “want to share the studio unmasked with other colleagues.”
Frank Turner, a former anchor for Detroit’s WXYZ-TV, announced he wouldn’t be returning to his role in a Thursday afternoon Facebook post.
“I had no idea that today’s noon broadcast would be my last at WNEMTV5news,” he said. “I was unceremoniously let go.”
“I guess they’d rather not have me at all than accommodate me on the mask in a pandemic.”
WNEM said it did not fire Turner in a statement to the Detroit News. The station said staff is socially distanced when possible and it requires mask-wearing in common areas where social distancing isn’t possible.
“WNEM did not terminate Frank Turner,” the station said in a statement. “WNEM has specific COVID-19 protocols in place developed in consultation with medical experts. We wish Mr. Turner the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Neither Turner nor WNEM responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.
Facebook users and longtime fans expressed their disappointment of his abrupt departure in the comments section, writing that they’re going to miss watching him.
“Oh well,” Turner wrote. “It’s been great. And you all have been wonderful. I’ll miss you.”
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