Morrow: WVLT reporter Gordon Boyd quits after viral video

WLVT reporter Gordon Boyd during a news segment that has gone viral on YouTube.

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WLVT reporter Gordon Boyd during a news segment that has gone viral on YouTube.

WLVT reporter Gordon Boyd during a news segment that has gone viral on YouTube.

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WLVT reporter Gordon Boyd during a news segment that has gone viral on YouTube.

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 morrowt@knoxville.com 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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Comments » 6

fratricide08 writes:

I understand being embarrassed but he shouldn't feel like he has to quit. Most of the people who saw the clip thought it was funny because TV news reporters are always so controlled. It was a slip that made a reporter seem human and it was only funny because he's a reporter.

jcthevol writes:

Good luck to you Gordon.

anne123 writes:

This is unfortunate. I saw the video and didn't think anything bad. Just showed his frustration and everyone has those times. Good Luck to him and shame on the station for not backing him up. On this channel, I've seen mistakes from the anchors, camera people, video feeds are wrong subject, etc.....

BillyShears writes:

Frickin' crybaby.

MitchR writes:

Did he really quit on his own or was he pressured into resigning from higher ups?

Inquisitor writes:

Gordon, I hate to see you go. At least you had some personality. Local news will be less interesting without you. Good luck!

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