TV Anchor Says He Was Fired Over Prince-Themed Sports Report
"And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!"
A Nashville reporter attempted to work in his love of Prince with his sports rundown and the result was his termination, he claims.
Dan Phillips, who worked at WZTV Fox-17, announced on Friday via social media that he had been fired from the station because some viewers and management found his April 21 report "insensitive."
Phillips mixed Prince lyrics into his sports segment that day — the same day the legendary musician was found dead in his Minnesota home. Prince was 57.
"First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot," Phillips wrote on Facebook. "Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today."
Philips, who worked at the Nashville station for 10 years, according to The Tennessean, is no longer listed on the staff page.
"I'm choosing to use this as a catalyst for some exciting things I've been working on for some time now," Phillips wrote on Facebook. "I'll have many more details on this in coming days. For now, thanks again for all of your support. And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!"
Requests for comment from WZTV and Phillips were not immediately returned.
The cause of Prince's death remains under investigation.