“I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do. Some of you complain that this is all about my ego … stop. Okay, just stop right now. It’s not ... I’m done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic.”

By Ian Horswill


Posted on May 30, 2019

A television meteorologist keeping residents informed of potential tornados hitting the area got mighty ticked off when viewers complained he was interrupting their favourite TV reality show.

Jamie Simpson interrupted broadcasting on FOX 45 Dayton in Ohio to try to keep residents in the loop about the moving tornado but for some he had to keep quiet and get off the screen.

“EXCUSE ME,” declared one commenter on FOX 45 Dayton’s Facebook live stream. “the bachelorette is on.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group manages Fox 45 as well as the local ABC affiliate, and regular programming was interrupted on both channels for coverage of the storm bearing down on Ohio. The Bachelorette, in which Chasen, Brian and two Connors, compete for the love of Hannah Brown, was meant to be on.

Simpson and his colleagues provided live updates throughout the night as the tornadoes hit and claimed at least one life. Most viewers were grateful for the consistent updates, but a handful either trolled or complained.

“No reason to take over regular programming,” one other user complained in the Facebook Live comments as tornado warnings were issued. “You can pop on and off with updates,” she said, before adding, “smh,” shake my head.

Simpson had had enough and broke from talking about the oncoming tornados.

“We have viewers complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No. We’re not going back to the show, folks,” Simpson said.

“This is a dangerous situation, okay? Think about if it was your neighbourhood.

“I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do. Some of you complain that this is all about my ego … stop. Okay, just stop right now. It’s not … I’m done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic.”

Simpson later realised he had gone too far and apologised for his words.

However, he finds an ally of sorts in The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown.