Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:34
Susannah Collins, the now-former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter/anchor who abruptly lost her job last week, has issued her first public statement since her firing.
In a posting on her personal website, she wrote
"As most of you know by now, I had a slip-up last week on the air while covering the Blackhawks playoff series. As a result of the attention it received, an old web-based sports comedy series I participated in several years ago came to light. The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive. I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry. To be clear, that show in no way reflects my personal opinions.
It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching. I have worked tirelessly to develop my skills as a sports reporter, anchor and host, and I want to thank the city of Chicago for allowing me that opportunity. The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago. Always.
Chicago area native Collins was released Thursday night
from CSN Chicago. According to sources, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz no longer wanted Collins associated with the team after she accidentally said "sex" instead of "success" on the air (even though she immediately corrected herself) and because Wirtz then discovered a handful of videos she did as an actress many years before beginning her career as a sports reporter -- videos which contained juvenile humor. Her firing has caused great amounts of backlash
against CSN Chicago and the Blackhawks over what most fans feel was an unfair firing.
Other than today's public statement, Collins has kept very quiet and turned down all interview requests to this point.