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Emmy Award-Winning Pittsburgh Anchor Wendy Bell Fired After Posting and Apologizing for Controversial Facebook Post


"Wendy's recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards."

Image via Facebook/WendyBellWTAE

Pittsburgh news anchor Wendy Bell of WTAE-TV has been fired following a controversial Facebook post.

Image via Facebook/WendyBellWTAE

"WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell," said a statement from Hearst Television, according to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. "Wendy's recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards."

Bell, who had been with the station for 18 years, has been off the air since last week after the station's general manager, Charles Wolfertz, publicly apologized for Bell's "egregious lack of judgment."

Bell caused an uproar after she went onto her public WTAE Facebook page and shared her thoughts regarding a recent crime that saw six people, including a pregnant woman and children, slaughtered in one of Pittsburgh's roughest neighborhoods. In the post, Bell came to the conclusion that "young black men" committed the atrocious crime.

The Emmy-winning anchor later edited her post — then deleted it — and apologized for ever penning it in the first place.

"I now understand that some of the words I chose were insensitive and could be viewed as racist," her apology read, in part. "I regret offending anyone. I'm truly sorry."

Bell's Facebook page and her biography on the station's website had been taken down as of Wednesday afternoon.

In comments left on the station's Facebook page, it was clear that local Pittsburghers were upset by the station's decision.

Lost 500 followers in 30 min since I checked. Lol.

Posted by Billy Goebel on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

You made a huge mistake WTAE!! I don't watch the news but I liked Wendy Bells Facebook posts we could all learn something from her. She was a very real person.

Posted by Mindi Neville Komarinski on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

wow you guys are truly pathetic for firing Wendy Bell it's a shame you buckle under pressure from people that don't know what racism is...

Posted by Cameron Cashdollar on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Will never watch again. Wendy's words were not said in hatred not prejudice. Yet she is treated like a villain. My heart...

Posted by Lynn Koosher Orawiec on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I am done, bye WTAE what a worthless station. No backbone to support a loyal employee.

Posted by Laurie K Marchewka on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I will no longer be watching your news. I stand behind Wendy Bell she admitted she made a mistake. Yet her employer could not stand behind her. Channel 2 here I come

Posted by Tammy Baumgartner on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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