KTLA Reporter Asked to Cover Dress During Broadcast

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KTLA meteorologist Liberte Chan

"We’re getting a lot of emails," said someone behind the scenes as the meteorologist was given a sweater to put on over her dress.

A KTLA meteorologist was apparently sporting too much skin on the Saturday morning news. 

Liberte Chan, in a black sleeveless dress, was reporting the weather on KTLA when someone off-camera held up a sweater on camera for her to wear. After Chan exclaimed, “You want me to put this on? Why? Because it's cold?” a man from behind the scenes answered, “We’re getting a lot of emails.” 

"What? I look like a librarian now," exclaimed Chan on-camera as she proceeded to tie up the garment in a stylish manner to wear with her dress. "I'm sorry, but the other dress didn't work so I had to wear something," she added.

Chan later commented on Twitter that a different dress she was wearing earlier "[chroma] keyed out," which prompted her to change outfits. Chan also apologized on Twitter when one user tweeted for Chan to stop using the "librarian stereotype." 

Chan posted a video of the incident on Facebook with the caption, "Apparently some viewers think my dress is too revealing." 

Watch the video below. 

 

Updated 7:18 a.m. Monday, May 16: In a post on her website, Chan addressed the controversy: "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 also said the moment was "spontaneous" and that her co-anchor was just joking around: "For the record, I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater. I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke, and if you’ve ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time. And, also for the record, there is no controversy at KTLA. My bosses did not order me to put on the cardigan, it was a spontaneous moment..  I truly love my job, I like my bosses and enjoy working with my coworkers.  Since talking to my team, I want our viewers to know it was never our intention to offend anyone. We are friends on and off the air and if you watch our newscast, you know that."

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