Anchor yanked for rude remark

Journo thought ad-libbed comments were off the air

TORONTO — CTV Newsnet anchor Avery Haines went out with a bang after making on-air comments Saturday that could be considered offensive to just about everyone.

CTV announced Monday that it was dismissing the anchor from its news specialty channel after she made a joke while she believed a taped news report was rolling. The clip had, in fact, not run and the camera was on her.

Haines had flubbed the introduction to the segment and, when she believed she was off-camera, she riffed facetiously, “I kind of like the little stutter thing. We’ve got a stuttering newscaster. We’ve got the black, we’ve got the Asian, we’ve got the woman. I could be a lesbian, folk-dancing, black woman stutterer. … In a wheelchair, with a gimping rubber leg. Yea, really. I’d have a successful career, let me tell you.”

A number of viewers called in to complain. Haines subsequently apologized twice for the faux pas, but Henry Kowalski, senior VP of news, wrote in a press release, “The nature of her comments did not leave CTV News with any alternative.

“The public must know that CTV takes this kind of behavior as absolutely unacceptable.”

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