Lynette Romero, whose departure from KTLA-TV Channel 5 last month rocked local TV news and ended with the sacking of co-host Mark Mester, sounds pleased to be preparing for her new stint as presenter on KNBC-TV Channel 4.
“The countdown to my @nbcla debut has truly been a dream come true,” Romero gushed on Instagram Thursday. “I was greeted with a huge, warm hug.”
She also released a video, which she described as “the first of several promotions that our talented team flipped in the blink of an eye.”
Romero also promised viewers, “I’m definitely in good hands. ready for more! I wasn’t kidding when I said our #nbcla team is awesome.”
On Monday, KNBC will welcome them to “Today in LA” from 4 a.m. Along with host Adrian Arambulo, meteorologist Belen De Leon and traffic anchor Robin Winston, Romero will host the show weekdays from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m
In addition to its spot on Channel 4 on TV or cable box, the show can be seen live via nbcla.com or the KNBC mobile app. Both have a link to “Today in LA” on the homepage while the show is live.
Today in LA encores stream on Peacock, Roku or Samsung TV Plus – just search the NBC Los Angeles News Channel.
In mid-September, Romero summarily left KTLA, which airs LA’s top-rated local morning news show, without saying goodbye to the audience that had known her for more than two decades.
“After almost 24 years, Lynette Romero, our friend Lynette, has decided to no longer host our weekend morning news,” wrote news director Pete Saiers in a statement read by entertainment reporter Sam Rubin on the air during a September 14 segment. (Saiers later said that KTLA offered to send a camera to Romero’s house so she could record a farewell message, but she declined.)
“KTLA management had hoped that she would stay here her entire career and KTLA worked hard to make that happen,” Rubin continued. “But Lynette has chosen to move elsewhere to another opportunity. Lynette, we wish you the best of luck, we miss you and we thank you for everything you have done for KTLA. … On behalf of everyone here, we wish you and your family all the best.”
Outrage and criticism of the broadcaster followed – from the viewers and also from Romero’s weekend co-host Mester.
During the 8 o’clock hour of the September 17 show, when he was scheduled to read a script about a montage of Romero’s work, Mester instead began a nearly four-minute monologue. He said the way the weekend veteran exited was handled was “rude, cruel, inappropriate and we are so sorry”.
He also apologized to Romero, whom he called “his best friend,” and asked her forgiveness. “You didn’t deserve that, that was a mistake,” he said.
Mester was immediately suspended via text message and fired days later. He has since remained silent on social media and has not responded to several requests from The Times.
Even after her departure from KTLA, Romero kept a low profile on social media, announcing her move to KNBC on September 27.
“I know you’ve been worried about me and I want you to know that I’m fine,” she said of her next job in a video message to fans. “That’s good news. … I have a new family. I have a new home.”
Times contributor Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.
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