News Anchor Under Fire for Glib Tweet Comparing Shooting Coverage to 'Breaking Bad'

"Breaking Bad" series finale
"Breaking Bad" series finale

A Philadelphia TV news anchor is being criticized for trying to get her Twitter followers to watch the station's coverage of a deadly shooting by comparing it to Breaking Bad.

On Sunday night, WTXF-TV news anchor Joyce Evans tweeted: "Thought 'Breaking Bad' was hot last Sunday? See who's breaking bad in SW Philly, leavin' 6 people SHOT -- Tonite at Ten!"

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Viewers immediately criticized Evans, with one person writing that it sounded "like it was written by a sociopath."

Evans is a longtime anchor at the Fox affiliate. She later defended herself, responding that she was trying to compare the "very real life drama" of the shooting to the fictional show about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine dealer.

She wrote: "Last tweet NOT AST ALL A JOKE. Very real life drama was the point as oppose to one that end on tv. That was my point."

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Sunday evening's shooting killed one person and wounded five. It remains under investigation.

AMC's Breaking Bad ended its five-season run last Sunday, drawing 10.3 million viewers and notching ratings records.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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