CSN Blackhawks analyst, Susannah Collins, is fired after on-air mistake

This week’s viral video is courtesy a Chicago sports reporter for Comcast Sports Net (CSN).  Susannah Collins was fired after her on-air slip.

Here’s the video:

I actually think it was an honest mistake.  I think it is kind of harsh to fire her for this, especially since Chicago Bulls CSN analyst Kendall Gill was only suspended for allegedly punching another analyst (Tim Doyle).  Double standard?

What do you think?

Is her mistake worthy of termination?

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6 responses to “CSN Blackhawks analyst, Susannah Collins, is fired after on-air mistake”

  1. Kamil Zawadzki says :

    From observing media and such and seeing many of these viral videos come across my desktop, I’ve observed that there is little to no consistency to news outlets’ reactions to such “incidents.”
    That makes it even harder to figure out what kind of yardstick there is to measure fairness by, as the standard seems to change from day to day, on-air personality to on-air personality.

    I’ve watched those ‘funniest bloopers on TV,’ including ones from recent months posted on YouTube, and other anchors or reporters have done the same and DID NOT manage to push on through to finish their report or correct themselves with a straight face. It was funny to watch them react to their own slip-up and burst into laughter.

    But in this case, Collins didn’t miss a beat and corrected herself right away and showed that she has a solid game-face on, and that’s very commendable considering the many clips there are of on-air talent breaking into fits of giggles. She should’ve gotten a brief reprimand at worst, in-house.

    In a nutshell: I wouldn’t have fired her, but that’s just me.

    (I also wouldn’t have fired the other guy from Bismarck who dropped the f- and s-bombs on-air a few weeks ago – but I WOULD have made him practice more and maybe train him for another week or so to not only be ready for the camera but to actually, ummm, look NATURAL on camera, because even forgiving the swearing, he was dreadful afterward. Nerves got the best of him, but additional training might have helped with that, rather than outright firing him.)

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Yeah I agree with you. She quickly corrected herself as continued her reporting. I’ve made the same mistake on the same word. Granted not on television. I do think there’s a level of discrepancy in relation to her penalty and Gill only being suspended.

      I did read on Twitter that people are made she was fired.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Btw are you planning on posting soon?

  2. JF Owen says :

    It was an easy mistake to make and in itself not worth a termination. However, there is a bit of a back story here with some of her other, earlier youtube endeavors that got increased attention as a result of this tongue twister error.

    Whether those additional videos qualify as being in enough bad taste to warrant firing is another discussion. To some degree, those videos simply highlight the perception difference that exists between generations.

    As has always been the case, younger people are often more comfortable showing the racier side of humor in public. Before youtube, twitter and facebook, that wasn’t such a big deal. With the increased exposure that social media provides, that’s changed and Ms. Collins’s slip pulled her into that whirlpool.

    If her career goal was to be a comedian, the videos wouldn’t have been an issue; they weren’t that bad. However, while sportscasting straddles a line between journalism and entertainment, it’s still journalism and carries with it a perception of propriety. I suspect that when her employers followed the youtube trail that was highlighted by her on-air misstep they found material that violated something in her contract.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      I was aware that she had made some videos prior that had now come into question. I don’t think the videos should play any role in her termination. If the company wasn’t aware of the videos than that’s only indicative of their lack of adequate vetting. If anything I think her personality as exhibited through the videos is what aided in her being hired for the position in the first place.

      I just don’t think she committed a heinous enough error to warrant a termination.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  3. cameliarodriguez says :

    Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune reported that Susannah Collins was fired after Chicago Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz wrote a letter to Comcast Sportsnet saying that he was offended by Collins’ YouTube videos from 2009-2010 (which she never sought to cover up because they’re still out there for all to see) and demanded that she be fired.

    I find this so despicable. Sure, those YouTube videos are kind of crude, but men use that same kind of humor all the time. Are people calling for them to be fired? Furthermore, it’s not as if she was dancing around half-naked in those videos. It doesn’t justify her being fired.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Wirtz already had it out for Collins and used this as a catalyst to get her fired. I’m sure another network will scoop her up because she did a fine job at CSN; kept her cool in a very awkward situation live on-air. She also seems to be taking the high road and hasn’t commented on the situation.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      I had read the same thing. I think it’s a total double standard. Those videos should and probably were well known within the network before this incident. She handled herself with great professionalism after her mistake.

      It’s dumbfounding how Kendall Gill is only suspended for punching a coworker.

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