Dayton Weatherman Goes Off on His Viewers for Complaining His Tornado Update Interrupted 'The Bachelorette'
Source – A meteorologist for Fox 45 in Dayton, Ohio snapped at viewers who complained on social media about a tornado warning that interrupted Monday night’s broadcast of “The Bachelorette,” saying that the cutaway was due to a “dangerous situation.”
“I was just checking social media, we have viewers complaining already. ‘Just go back to the show.’ No, we’re not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation, okay,” Jamie Simpson said during the live broadcast. …
“Think about if this was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this,” Simpson said. “Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do. Some of you complained that this is all about my ego. Stop. It’s not. I’m done with you people, I really am, this is pathetic.”
Fox 45 did not immediately respond for a request for comment. However, Simpson did apologize later in the broadcast.
“Alright, I’m sorry I did that, it just really bothers me that we have people that don’t care about other people’s safety around here,” Simpson said.
I can sympathize with Jamie Simpson’s frustration. Sympathize, but not forgive him. Because this situation is entirely on him.
Let’s face it, Jamie Simpson is a victim of his own high expectations. How can anyone reach adulthood believing that a TV audience in 2019 would be more interested in a life-threatening weather event putting them in imminent danger than they do about reality TV? I’m sorry to break this to him, but he’s just being naive if he thought the people of Dayton would appreciate him trying to save their lives when Hannah B’s love life is at stake.
I get it. A guy goes into meteorology because he’s fascinated by science and the process of predicting unpredictable weather phenomena. But by now he should understand his audience is fascinated by who Hannah was going to bring on her group date. Their own lives and property be damned. TV weather people work their whole careers for the off chance they’ll meet someone who tells them, “You warned me to seek shelter so I climbed into my storm cellar. And when I climbed out of the bulkhead, I found my house had been leveled. I owe my life to you.” But if my man Jamie thought that was going to happen, he’s living in a dreamworld.
I was watching the Bruins last night, obviously, but from what I understand, Jason Biggs guest starred and took the bachelors to a Lamaze studio where they learned about breastfeeding and nipple stimulation. And there’s not a soul tuned into Fox 45 at that moment that would do so much as get under the sofa and miss that, even if they were in the direct path of the twister. Someday in the distant future there will be a mushroom cloud over a city and there will be people who’ll let the radiation consume them before they’ll miss the payoff of the three-episode cocktail party story arc on “Real Housewives of Biloxi.” The real crime here isn’t that Simpson’s audience thinks he’s interrupting “The Bachelorette” for his own ego. The real crime is his own idealism. Get with reality, weather nerd.