ANCHORAGE, Alaska (PIX11) – A reporter in Alaska became the news after her foul-mouthed exit.
Charlo Greene, formerly with KTVA, quit during a live newscast after she revealed herself to be the founder of an organization that connects Alaskans in need of medical marijuana to those who have pot.
Greene was reporting on Alaska Cannabis Club Sunday when she revealed that she’s the owner of the business – and dropped an uncensored F-bomb as she quit.
“Everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," Greene said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice, but f**k it, I quit.”
Then she walks off screen.
The camera returns to a visibly flustered anchor who apologizes, says they’ll be right back but then continues reading the next story.
Visitors to KTVA’s website Monday were met with a pop-up message from the station’s news director Bert Rudman.
“Dear viewers, We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated,” the message read.
The Alaska Cannabis Club had urged its Twitter followers Sunday night to tune into the newscast, but did not reveal why.
Now that she's no longer working in TV news, Greene said she's turning her attention to promoting Alaska's Ballot Measure 2, which would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol.
Tweets from the business' account claiming to offer more information on why Greene quit take viewers to an online fundraiser to generate $5,000 for Alaska Cannabis Club to create campaign materials for the measure.
“As a member of the media, I've seen the dirty campaign tricks and lies that prohibitionists have been using over the past several months to sway Alaskan voters firsthand. Here's the sad thing: it's working,” she wrote on the fundraising page.
“…Few people fighting for marijuana legalization in Alaska are as media savvy, well educated on the marijuana industry, passionate, professional and completely dedicated to passing this initiative as me, the only person in Alaska that has had the balls to face the injustice of Alaska's medical marijuana catch-22 and do something about it.”
Medical marijuana is legal in Alaska with patients allowed to own up to an ounce of pot, but there are no state-licensed dispensaries, according to NORML, a marijuana advocacy group.