Sportscaster Dan Phillips was forced to get through this thing called life for a different employer after being fired following viewer complaints over a broadcast paying tribute to Prince, Awful Announcing reported.
“There were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way,” Phillips said on his Facebook page on Friday. “They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.”
Phillips’ April 21 newscast for WZTV-TV was peppered with quotes from the late pop singers’ repetoire, featuring lines like, “The clock hits 0:00, party over with — oops, out of time; it’s the [Anaheim] Ducks who are gonna party like it’s 1999” to end his recap of Game 4 of the Anaheim/Nashville NHL first-round playoff series.
According to Awful Announcing, Phillips had worked at the station since 2005, but WZTV removed his bio and listing from its on-air talent roster. He has also deleted his Twitter account.
“For now, thanks again for all of your support,” he said on his Facebook page. “And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!”
Phillips also posted the broadcast in question, which can be seen below.