A California weather reporter is making headlines after she was handed a sweater during a live broadcast and asked to cover up (video below).
KTLA meteorologist Liberte Chan was in the middle of her weather report on May 14 when a colleague interrupted and handed her a cardigan sweater, the New York Daily News reported.
“What’s going on?” Chan asked as she was handed the sweater. “You want me to put this on? Why, because it’s cold?”
“We’re getting a lot of emails,” someone said off-camera.
"Really?" Chan asked as she put the cardigan on.
“I look like a librarian now,” she said.
“That works,” anchor Chris Burrous said. “It's a librarian who's gone to a cocktail party.”
Chan then apologized to viewers, saying the dress she was supposed to wear "didn't work."
"I had to wear something," Chan said.
"I think we should see if someone's going to help [Burrous] with his pants," anchor Lynette Romero said.
Burrous was reportedly wearing khaki shorts, which were out of view.
Several users on Twitter accused the news station of being sexist and shaming Chan for her wardrobe choice.
“Wow KTLA, too s*****, too matronly, too much cleavage, too manly, too casual, too formal,” wrote one user, according to the Daily Mail. “Too MUCH BODY SHAMING.”
“You can kinda see that she was f****** humiliated,” wrote another. “Her dress was fine. If I was her I would have walked off on air.”
Chan responded to critics in a blog post the following day, saying she was not forced by anyone on the KTLA staff to wear the sweater and called the incident a “spontaneous moment.”
“I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke,” she wrote, according to the Daily News.
“I like my bosses and enjoy working with my coworkers," she added. "Since talking to my team, I want our viewers to know it was never our intention to offend anyone.”
Chan proceeded to make a Facebook Live video, in which she read complaints about her dress.
“Liberte Chan looks like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in the same dress, not appropriate for morning weather report,” one viewer wrote. “The show’s producer should not have allowed her to do it in a cocktail dress.”
“It’s a dress, people,” Chan responded. “Can we talk about my weather performance?”
“This is a lot of pressure,” she added. "Nobody cares about what I’m saying on the green screen."
Burrous also responded to critics and apologized on Twitter. He said the incident was “meant in jest.”
“No shame,” Burrous tweeted. “Just kidding, offering up sweater. Good friends kid each other. Sorry I offended. We have a good time.”
“I really wasn’t offended,” Chan said. “People are kind of spinning it and saying it was sexist. I thought it was just funny.”
While Chan insisted that the sweater stunt was all in good fun, she said she would not be wearing the black dress again. She wore a purple dress the following day with no complaints.