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Union: TV reporter fired over on-air handstand

 
Union: TV reporter fired over on-air handstand

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A TV reporter whose unusual report on bears went viral has been fired by her station after she did a handstand on the 11 p.m. news.

A union representative says Julie Tremmel was fired Feb. 11 by Rhode Island's NBC affiliate, WJAR-TV, because of the handstand.

Fletcher Fischer says they're fighting it, and that Tremmel was bullied by management.

WJAR's general manager said he doesn't comment on personnel issues.

Tremmel's Jan. 31 report was about local auditions for the NBC show "America's Got Talent." In it, she walks on her hands and suggests producers might be interested in a reporter who "does the news while she's walking on her hands."

Fischer says management never got upset about Tremmel's July bear safety video, during which she throws her shoe and wildly gesticulates.

 

IMAGE: NBC 10 Screenshot

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