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An anchor for a Boston broadcast news station says she’s been fired from her job after appearing in Netflix’s Hubie Halloween.
Alaina Pinto took to Twitter on Thursday to share the news that her cameo in the Adam Sandler-led film had led to her dismissal. “Earlier this week I was let go from 7 News,” Pinto wrote in a brief thread. “I am posting this because I want to be open and honest with all of you.”
Pinto, who was approaching her four-year anniversary at the station before she was fired, explained that her termination around a week after the film’s release was a result of her “mistakenly” violating her contract.
“In doing so, I mistakenly violated my contract with the station and I understand why management unfortunately chose to terminate me,” she continued. “I am deeply disappointed and saddened, and I hoped this would not be how things evolved.”
Hi Friends! I have some news to share…
Earlier this week I was let go from 7 News. I am posting this because I want to be open and honest with all of you. Last year, I participated in a cameo in the recently released Netflix movie by Adam Sandler, "Hubie Halloween". (1/3)
— Alaina Pinto (@alainapinto) October 15, 2020
The reporter was featured in the film as a “Wake Up Boston Morning News” anchor, appearing dressed as Harley Quinn. Her cameo was part of a running gag in the movie in which both Pinto’s fictional female co-workers and some fellow Salem residents dressed up as the fan-favorite comic book character made even more popular by Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie.
Following her Twitter post and a similar post to her Instagram, local news talent and social media users came out to support Pinto and wish her well. The now-former WHDH 7 News anchor took her own moment to thank her co-workers for her time at the station, concluding that “the future is bright.”
“Thanks to all my wonderful 7 News viewers and my supportive and great colleagues at the station. Reporting the news to you every morning was an honor and a privilege. I promise to stay in touch and keep you updated on the next chapter.”
Reps for WHDH and Netflix have not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.
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