A report on pet adoption recently turned awkward very quickly on NBC 15's morning show in Madison, Wisconsin (video below).
“OK Charlie, I’m just going to sit here and hang out with my new best friend,” news anchor Christine Bellwort said while she played with a German Shepherd that was up for adoption.
The camera cut to meteorologist Charlie Shortino, who fired back: "Really? I think you should, you two should get a hotel room or something. That’s a lot of action going on over there.”
"Oh Charlie!" Bellwort replied.
“Probably the most action you’ve had in months, huh?” Shortino said.
This time there was no reply from Bellwort, just an awkward silence.
"Let's take a look at the weather forecast," Shortino chortled. "Oh well, I crack myself up if I don't crack anyone else up."
Mediaite.com writer J.D. Durkin wrote, "This clip confirms my long-running suspicion that everything really is worse in the state of Wisconsin, including workplace harassment."
Durkin also referred to Shortino as a "smarmy weatherman," and added that the station "did not immediately return Mediaite’s request for comment."
Durkin encouraged readers to watch the video "and fight the urge to punch your computer screen at the smug look of satisfaction on Shortino’s face."
Shortino's bio on the station website states:
In addition to his weather reports on NBC15 News, Charlie owns and operates WeatherNet, Inc, a weather consulting business. The company serves over 70 clients, including Madison Gas and Electric, Alliant Energy, the City of Madison, numerous construction companies, school districts, city governments, aviation interests and agricultural companies. In addition, he gives weather seminars for utility companies about how he weather impacts their operations. He also serves as an expert witness in weather related civil and criminal cases.
Charlie resides in Madison, in part, because he loves the outrageously high property taxes. He enjoys golf, reading and watching sports.