An Ohio meteorologist unloaded on viewers who were complaining that the television station’s tornado alerts were cutting into the latest episode of “The Bachelorette.”
WKEF’s Jamie Simpson had been updating viewers of the dangerous tornado activity in their area on Monday night when he slammed the critics on social media who were complaining about the network’s decision to cut into “The Bachelorette” with the emergency coverage.
(Video via Twitter)
Severe storms and tornadoes left a wake of destruction in parts of Ohio Monday as one person was killed and dozens of others injured. As the dangerous weather rolled in, Simpson updated viewers on the ABC affiliate in Dayton.
“I was just checking social media,” he said during one report.
“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?!” he exclaimed.
“I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this!” Simpson said. “Our job here is to keep people safe. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
A tornado warning had been issued fora portion of WKEF’s viewing area, but apparently some viewers thought Simpson just liked hearing himself on the air.
“Some of you complain that this is all about my ego. Stop, okay?! Just stop right now!” the obviously aggravated weatherman said. “It’s not. I’m done with you people! I really am. This is pathetic!”
And Simpson was not overreacting, as the aftermath of the deadly weather showed the complete destruction it left in its wake.
PATH OF DESTRUCTION: Authorities confirm the tornado in Dayton, OH, Monday night hit with at least EF-3 force, with aerial footage showing buildings completely destroyed; authorities say everyone in the city survived. Complete weather coverage tonight. https://t.co/2CtBRTOs8Q pic.twitter.com/X5rhFEkz73
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) May 28, 2019
COMPLETE DEVASTATION: Take a look at the damage left behind by a tornado that hit the Dayton, Ohio area on Monday night. At least one person was killed and officials say one of the tornadoes that hit the area was an EF-3 with winds of 140 mph. https://t.co/BpjVI6RL7D pic.twitter.com/6T6V0EkNKp
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) May 28, 2019
Simpson’s on-air explosion gained a lot of attention on social media, with many cheering him on for saying “what every single Meteorologist has ever thought of saying,” and others slamming the complaining fans of “The Bachelorette.”
THIS! ?? @JamieFOX45Now just said on air during the #DaytonTornado what every single Meteorologist has ever thought of saying when people say to “Get off their television”! You’re saving lives tonight, Jamie! We are here to save lives. Period. @nwas @SpencerWeather @jamesaydelott https://t.co/PjJPKRuYv4
— Bryan Schuerman, M.Ed. (@BSchuermanWX) May 28, 2019
Its shocking that some ppl are more concerned with some female getting a date than letting an emergency service update ppl on possible natural disasters that can potentially keep them safe and informed ?
— 「ℂ?????」 (@dead_noises) May 28, 2019
He is dead right. Its gotta be frustrating to have people complain while he’s trying to get out warnings to people who are in imminent danger.
— Ant O’Fearghail (@aofarre) May 28, 2019
Our modern day reality, people don’t give a damn about public safety until it effects them directly.
— GirlWhoScreamsAtTV (@lmarytweets) May 28, 2019
Hats off to @JamieFOX45Now! Give that weatherman a raise!
— Jess Montgomery (@JessM_Author) May 28, 2019
— Robert Keil (@RJKeil) May 28, 2019
It could be argued that everything is more important than the Bachelorette.
— matt earnest (@mattbearnest) May 28, 2019
Sad state of our country.
— Shawn Busby (@buzzbye1) May 28, 2019
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