Local TV Weatherman Sacked for Making Fart Noises During Broadcast
By Scott Salad
Published January 29th, 2017
SCHENECTADY— A News Channel 6 meteorologist who pretended to pass gas during Friday night's weather segment has been fired.
Glen Dimple — who was lured away from WNYT last week after completely blowing a forecast on the severity of a recent ice storm — used the popular fart app, Tap and Fart, to make a joke about a system of “breezy weather” that was scheduled to move into the area on Saturday.
But the bit missed the mark with his new employers and lead to several calls from angry viewers.
“I can't tell you how many people were outraged over Mr. Dimple's actions,” said station manager Joe Cocker. “We take the weather very seriously here. That type of behavior is simply not tolerated.”
From the handful of local comedians who saw the stunt as “low brow” and/or “hacky,” to the lifelong Capital Region residents who waxed nostalgic over Mr. Food’s implied flatulence of yesteryear, viewers across several key demographics called the station to voice their disgust.
But the most heartbreaking calls, according to Cocker, came from those currently burdened with some form of intestinal crises who felt marginalized by Dimple's actions.
“To those people I made a promise,” said Cocker, fighting back tears, “That I would do everything in my power to make sure this awful man never works in this business again!”
Dimple — who came to Albany via Syracuse in mid-January — took to social media on Saturday to defend his actions.
“Why is it that every single Walt Disney/Pixar movie that comes out these days contains at least one scene where a cute little animated character accidentally farts, but if I try to liven up a dull forecast with a few laughs I'm demonized?” he asked on Facebook. “What has this world come to?”
Dimple went on to thank his supporters, the majority of which were boys between the ages of 8 and 14.