In light of Prince’s passing, Fox 17 sports reporter Dan Phillips attempted to pay tribute to the legendary artist with his own Prince-themed sportscast.
The Nashville sports anchor was fired because he anchored an entire sportscast full of lyrics from the purple icon, using as many references as he could cram into four minutes.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. An electric word, life, but I'm here to tell you there's something else: the NHL playoffs," Phillips said during the sportscast.
Phillips admits not everyone was into the tribute, saying, "There were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive."
The channel removed Phillips' bio and the reporter does not appear on the list of on-air talent at the channel anymore. According to the cached version of his Fox 17 bio, Phillips had been at the station for more than 10 years.
This is just another sign of the times when someone with good intentions somehow finds a way to offend some people.
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