Gay Weatherman Sues TV Station for Hiring REAL Weathergirl Instead of Him...
This could only happen in LA (check out his photo at the link - makes Sam Champion look like John Wayne!):
A meteorologist has filed a lawsuit against KCBS-KCAL, the CBS duopoly in Los Angeles, claiming he was passed over for jobs because he is not a young, attractive woman.
Kyle Hunter has worked as a meteorologist at several California stations, including KMIR in Palm Springs and KEYT in Santa Barbara, according to his bio. Most recently, he was a freelance meteorologist at KSWB in San Diego.
The Hollywood Reporter has details of the lawsuit:
Hunter claims he learned in 2010 that KCBS’ longtime weatherman Johnny Mountain would not have his contract renewed, so he informed the station that he would like to be considered for the job. But according to the complaint, the station wasn’t interested in him and instead brought in a younger female, despite Hunter being “far more qualified, and far more experienced, [than] the female hired to replace Mr. Mountain.”
The woman that replaced Mountain was brought in from KCAL, according to the suit, so Hunter assumed a position would be open at KCAL. But again he was turned down and the job went to a younger woman, “whose age and gender were key considerations in the hiring decision,” he claims. The female hired didn’t even have a certification from the American Meteorological Society (Hunter does).
Hunter, who is represented by Gloria Allred, says he asked a manager at KCAL why he had not been considered for the job. He was told the station had a lot of male viewers and he “wouldn’t be the type men would want to look at,” according to the complaint. Hunter is seeking unspecified damages.
A CBS spokesperson told TVSpy the lawsuit “is frivolous and based on gross misstatements of fact.”
Sam Champion is the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Speaker at my college this year. I am so embarrassed....
So who has fucked Miss Kyle Hunter (besides the folks at KCBS/KCAL), and how much of a bossy bottom was she?
He's jealous of the woman.
He's got to learn that dying your hair past college graduation, makes you look stupid. Man this guy looks like he walks with a lisp. I bet he is mad 'cause he blew the manager and still didn't get the job. And he's not mad about that, it's just the two girls blew the manager and did a better job than he did.
Guess he thinks he's Al Roper? I do agree with him though, many times all looks and no brains sells on T V.
[quote]I do agree with him though, many times all looks and no brains sells on T V.
Works for FOX.
He is sort of annoying doing the weather here in San Diego (which could really be done by a slightly mentally challenged 12 year old - I mean, it's San Diego). With his look and manner of speaking, I've always felt like he should be working as an MC at flower shows in
[quote] "Sam Champion is the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Speaker at my college this year. I am so embarrassed..."
I love the fact that GLORIA ALLRED, "feminist lawyer" is representing her.
"So, we've gone from dry to [italic] moist [/italic] in a hurry here in Southern California"
The gal they brought in is charming in the weather gal way, but KCBS-KCAL works the hell out of her. She must be a tired little munchkin each night when she goes home.
I hope he wins and is given the keys, AND the bank accounts to both the station and the parent company.
Why are men always mocked when they launch these types of suits? Isn't it possible he was the victim of sexual bias in the workplace and perhaps even discriminated against based on his sexuality and/or sex?
Why mock and ridicule unless you have issues with men?
Ouch, R1, that really is kinda embarrassing. Sam Champion? REALLY?
If he and the lady that was ultimately hired were both equivalent candidates, and the station decided to give the job to the female using the rationale that they'd like to attract or maintain a male audience demographic, I don't see how that is unlawful discrimination. Hiring decisions have always got to come down to something.
Roper = Roker
Wow. Welcome to Planet Kyle.
r5 = Jack Trikker.
I watched the video, there's nothing wrong with this guy. If most of you weren't blinded by internalized homophobia you would see that his case is just.
"This could only happen in LA (check out his photo at the link - makes Sam Champion look like John Wayne!):"
So, what's your point, exactly?
Age discrimination in broadcasting should only apply to women, not men? And, therefore, you are being sexually discriminatory in the way you view age discrimination?
Or, would you only be sexually discriminatory in terms of age discrimination when the person being discriminated against is a gay man?
Please explain yourself.
Either way: the irony on top of irony on top of irony!
"It's mon[italic]SOOOOON[/italic] season, but where's the heat and the humidity?"
Or does your sexist, agist, fucked up position only disadvantage effeminate gay men?
Well, if there's one industry were such a thing as "gender discrimination" would not hold in court, it's the entertainment/modeling industry...and TV News falls in that category.
"You're too old, you're too fat, you're the wrong sex" are verbotem in any industry, except those that rely on role-playing or visual effect.
Sorry Kyle! If you want placement based on merit, go to radio.
[quote]Well, if there's one industry were such a thing as "gender discrimination" would not hold in court
R21/23 must be a real BLAST at parties.
R16 - Let me guess, if a woman were fired for the sake of hiring a man so that they'd attract more females, you'd be "OUTRAGED", right?
Yeah, thought so.
r24 is quite correct. There could be a lot of factors that go into deciding to hire the female over the male having nothing to do with discrimination. All the station has to do is meet the hurdle of proving that they hired the female for non-discriminatory purposes/reasons. It would be interesting to see how the lawsuit turns out, actually.
The guy is fine. The internalized homophobia is, indeed, what is clouding some of these silly posts.
Some of you really do get a thrill out of eating your own, don't you?
Agreed with R21.
Why does age/sex discrimination only apply to women? Can't men be discriminated against?
Of course they can.
Johnny Mountain? GREAT pr0n name!
I agree with the meteorologist - I wish the OP would understand how sexist and homophobic his/her original post is.
It would be very easy for this effeminate man to turn into a woman.
1. Try full drag first.
2. If you're pretty and pass -- then a sex-change operation
3. A facelift.
You'll get that weather-woman job in LA after all.
thankx - R33 she havin a bitchfest,,,
He actually does a great job with the green screen....his delivery is a tad game show host....and he needs to stay away from the ties and white collars/cuffs/pocket square.
Is the hair a bit much....yeah, but not more so than anyone else on the box.
I don't think he's too old, but then again I'm not a 20 y.o. twink, nor elder-gay, nor do I want teenagers reading news/weather/sports on tv.
There's no discrimination here folks, just casting decisions. TV, films, theater, modeling, pageantry and porno are allowed to use sex appeal, gender, age, physical atttributes, fitness, and ethnicity/race (yes, even that) as a hiring factor alongside - and even at times beyond - professional qualifications.
Does the best dancer always get the show? Does the most accomplished actress get the part opposite George Clooney? Does the girl who sucks the best cock get to play Beyonce Holes in "Swallow The Leader?" Does the prettiest girl or most experienced lips model land the Revlon Lipstick campaign?
Most of the time, the answer is a resounding no, and there are a million completely legal and justified reasons behind it.
He probably has a case, but he's also kind of an irresistible target for mockery because he's an effete little thing.
He doesn't have a case. They told him why he wasn't hired and it was a perfectly legal casting decision.
Cassie from Central Casting
[quote] The woman that replaced Mountain
The woman WHO replaced Martin.
Jesus, doesn't anyone speak English anymore?
This lawsuit is like three gay men suing ABC for not hiring them to play "Charlie's Angels."
How do you even know he's gay?
I think half of you in this thread should really consider Exodus. The internalized homophobia in this thread is palpable. So many miserable, unhappy gay men. Try to pray it away the gay. Try whatever you can -- pills, vagina...I'm sure you'd be happier and less threatened. Homosexuality makes you miserable.
[quote] "How do you even know he's gay?"
[italic] " OH MY SIDES!! [/italic]
R42, you're a real stitch!
It's not just being female that gets you the weathergirl position at KCAL/KCBS. It's BIG tits. The weathergirl who started the trend is Jackie Johnson. The weather forecasters in LA generally fall into the fey male or the big tittied female.
Connect the dots.
He works at Fox5 San Diego, owned by Tribune Broadcasting. The same company owns KTLA in LA.
Yet he went outside of Trib to get another job?
Then again KTLA hired traffic reporter Vera Jimenez to do weather and she did it poorly. That place doesn't have a good hiring record so I can see him wanting tp explore other options.
It's not just weather:
What ever happened to: Alan Mendelson
Kevin Roderick • September 20 2010 8:52 PM
Alan Mendelson, the former Channel 9 business and consumer reporter, talks to the L.A. Business Journal about his kidney and pancreas transplant, his infomercials pitching paid products and how he sees his firing from KCAL after 16 years.
They said, “We can replace you with two or three other reporters.” They let go of me and a bunch of other people over the age of 50. No mistake about it. We were replaced by younger people with blond hair and C-cups who made a lot less money. That’s the reality of the business.
Kyle Hunter is the best weatherman I've seen in San Diego and LA. It's embarrassing to watch inexperienced young women 'dressed up' by the station, fumble through the evening weather forecast. My husband and I are impressed by Mr. Hunter's ability as a weatherman and hope to see him on a regular basis.