Knoxville TV reporter Gordon Boyd, whose brief fit on air during a news report turned into a viral video on YouTube, says he has resigned from station WVLT, Channel 8.
Boyd went on a paid leave after the incident last month. Boyd says it was his decision to leave the station.
“I wasn’t going to be able to get back on the air, in part because YouTube ... wouldn’t let it go,” he wrote in an e-mail.
“I believe WVLT managers regretted those circumstances as well. They’re helping in my job search. I’d like to find work around Knoxville. We’ll see.”
In an interview in March, WVLT management made its first comments about Boyd and the incident.
“This was, in my opinion, a very unfortunate reaction to a less-than-perfect circumstance and it was exhibited in the heat of the moment,” WVLT vice president Steve Crabtree said then. “In live television news, you can’t hold the presses.
“Everyone regrets it. It was in no way indicative of WVLT’s professional standards. And it was not indicative of Gordon’s often stated standards.”
The original YouTube video drew more than 50,000 views in a matter of days. Other sites and more postings of the same video also made the Web.
Activity. On May 1, Knoxville will be all abuzz with two major events happening at the same time.
At the Tennessee Theatre, comic Kathy Griffin will perform two shows (the first one is sold out; the 9 p.m. has a few seats left). She’s shooting the performances for an upcoming Bravo special.
Meanwhile, down the street, World Wrestling Entertainment is presenting a non-televised match featuring Kane (Jefferson County resident Glenn Jacobs) vs. Chris Jericho at the civic auditorium.
At 1 p.m. that day, Jacobs will be at Toyota of Knoxville to meet and greet fans until 3 p.m.
Have at it, boys and girls.
‘Low’ life. The feature film titled “Get Low” — the real-life story of East Tennessean Felix Bush, who attended his own funeral — will play in theaters on July 30.
Filming took place in Georgia.
Bill Murray plays the funeral home director who planned the event, and Robert Duvall has the role of the colorful Mr. Bush.
Terry Morrow may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-342-6445. His blog can be found at http://blogs.knoxnews.com/knx/telebuddy/. He contributes to “Live At Five At Four” on WBIR, Channel 10, and “The Marc & Kim & Frank Show” on WWST-FM, 102.1.
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