A hotheaded Ohio weatherman lashed out at viewers — calling them “pathetic” — when they complained that his tornado forecast had interrupted Monday night’s broadcast of “The Bachelorette,” wild footage shows.
Meteorologist Jamie Simpson was live on Fox 45 in Dayton when he flipped out and began scolding folks for caring more about the popular ABC reality TV show than a twister tearing through the region.
“I was just checking social media, we have viewers complaining already, [saying] ‘Just go back to the show.’ No, we’re not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation, okay?” Simpson fumed, according to footage posted by Cincinnati.com.
“Think about if this was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this … Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do,” he said.
The fired-up forecaster then got personal — defending himself against attacks on social media.
“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,” he raged.
Later in the broadcast, after he cooled off, Simpson apologized.
“All right, 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,” he said.
Fox 45 did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to entertainment news site The Wrap.
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