Susannah Collins, whose unfortunate slip went viral this week, has been fired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
In a statement issued late last night, Phil Bedella, vice-president and general manager of CSN Chicago said:
“Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways. We appreciate everything Susannah has contributed to our network over the past year and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
On Tuesday, Collins, who had been working as a reporter for the Chicago Blackhawks, said during Game of the Minnesota series that the Hawks had enjoyed “a tremendous amount of sex” during a segment. She tried to correct herself by quickly saying, “success.”
The next day, Collins sent out this tweet:
Thanks for laughing along with me & my “tremendous” slip, guys. Who couldn’t use a good chuckle every now & then right??
Apparently, CSN Chicago and the Blackhawks weren’t laughing.
Robert Channick in the Chicago Tribune writes that the slip-up brought attention to Collins’ work on a series of “raunchy” YouTube videos uploaded between 2009 and 2010.
As co-host of Sports Nutz, Collins pushed the boundaries of sports journalism — and good taste — with sexually explicit reports and potentially offensive racial stereotypes.
Produced by Middlebrow Media, the 16-video series drifted more toward lowbrow humor, with Collins and her female co-host, Sam Raddock, delivering everything from rowdy man-on-the-street interviews to a dramatic reading of the sexual exploits of former NBA player Darryl Dawkins’ from his autobiography “Chocolate Thunder.”
Obviously, CSN Chicago and the Blackhawks, a part owner in the station, knew of those videos when Collins was hired in September. She lists Sports Nutz on her bio:
But Susannah’s true calling came in 2009 when she was given an opportunity to host a new web-based sports show, Sports Nutz, allowing her to combine her love of sports with her charismatic, on-camera abilities.
So it’s difficult to buy that her slip-up wasn’t unrelated to the dismissal. The likely reason was the gaffe, which dragged up those “raunchy” videos, were a lethal combination to Collins’ stay at CSN Chicago.