TV Reporter Susannah Collins Fired After Saying 'Sex' On Air

Susannah Collins says sexFor Chicago sports reporter Susannah Collins, it was an unfortunate slip of the tongue. During a live televised report outside the Chicago Blackhawks locker room, Collins said of the team: "Despite the fact that they've had a tremendous amount of sex in the regular season."

That was how she started a sentence about the team's progress during a report for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. She very quickly corrected her flub -- she meant to say "success" -- but the video went viral. Collins was fired Thursday, though CSN Chicago's parent company, Comcast, claimed that it was unrelated to her TV blooper.

Jay Leno showed the video of Collins' mistake on the "Tonight Show" Wednesday, and called it the "Freudian Slip of the Day." The video clip already has been viewed more than 170,000 times on YouTube. And the incident also took off on Twitter, with online sports news website Deadspin even tweeting out a (rather gratuitous) remix of it:
Collins has yet to comment since being canned. But she initially tried to have fun with her on-air mistake. On Wednesday, she tweeted: "Thanks for laughing along with me & my "tremendous" slip, guys. Who couldn't use a good chuckle every now & then right?"

The incident comes just two weeks after a news broadcaster in North Dakota lost his job after his on-air slip-of-the-tongue went viral. A.J. Clemente was fired after he was caught angrily using expletives during his premiere appearance as an evening news anchor for an NBC affiliate there.

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Her employer, for its part, is denying the mistake was the reason Collins was fired, even though the decision to let her go was made just two days after the error. (She joined the network in September.) "Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways," Phil Bedella, CSN Chicago vice president said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Tribune, the slip "put a spotlight on Collins" and her "raunchy" YouTube videos from 2009 and 2010. In the videos, Collins co-hosted a series that was produced by Middlebrow Media. Its title? "Sports Nutz." As for the comment Collins was attempting to make about the Blackhawks, it turns out to be accurate. Thus far in the season, the Blackhawks have a 36-7 win-loss record.



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Teresa Linton

feel sorry for her she was probably very nervous. ive heard worse things on air. just listen to rush limbaugh

May 15 2013 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
olejazzhd

What a shame-such a minor slip,it's barely worth mentioning.Where are the adults in the room,anyway? Like they're WAY too many qualified female reporters on the air. Hmm-what would Marv Albert say?

May 15 2013 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iluvhoney

the stupidity of it all isn't the comment which is rather funny but its the network denying thats why they fired her ...of course that was why ...of all comments ..it was the least offensive slip of the tongue i have ever heard to fire someone over ...how puritannical can we be!!!!!!!!!!!

May 11 2013 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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May 09 2013 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bonly789

Overly sensitive, don't ya think?!?

May 07 2013 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clark

Really do not understand what a raunchy vid has to do with someone doing their job,,If she was fired for not doing her job,stealing money ,or beating people up in the break room maybe I could see it ,,but a Vid,,,,,Naw ,there has got to be more behind her getting kicked to the curb,,,maybe had something to do with her politics,,,

May 07 2013 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Lutz

Good....

Fire her a@#.......

May 07 2013 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kev7

I think that it was wrong for them to fire her because we hear that word every day she just a slip of the tongue and it just came out , so what.

May 06 2013 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmnardihrt

Would they fire Oreilley ? Or Hiraldo ? Or Brokaw ! or Barbara Walters ? ..........................******* bullies !

May 06 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeri-Anne

Gotta love Huff-the headline says REPORTED axed!

May 06 2013 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sumvette

And the lead-in from AOL refers to "raunchy video" ... really?? A slip of the tongue giving "sex" instead of "success" ... and that's "raunchy"? How about a headline reading "WE GIVE FALSE AND MISLEADING HEADLINES"!

May 06 2013 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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nonucantmakemee

better yest just have them say we support o b a m a and no one else

May 06 2013 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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