Ohio Meteorologist Blasts ‘Bachelorette’ Fans Complaining of Tornado Warning Interruptions

DAYTON, Ohio — A meteorologist at a TV station in Dayton fired back at viewers complaining about interruptions to “The Bachelorette” during Monday’s dangerous tornadoes.

WRGT meteorologist Jamie Simpson was reporting on the warnings live on television and Facebook around 9:30 p.m. There were tornado watches and warnings in place at the time.

Several Facebook followers complained in comments on the Facebook live post. There were over 1,600 comments on the post.

One follower said: “No reason to take over regular programming. You can pop on and off with updates SMH.”

Another said: “OKAY BUT CAN YOU GIVE ME UPDATES ON THE BACHELORETTE WHILE YOU’RE OVERTHROWING MY TV.”

Simpson said while on-air:

“Viewers are complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No. We’re not going back to the show folks,” Simpson said on air. “This is a dangerous situation, OK? Think about if it was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that’s what we’re going to do. Some of you complain that it’s all about my ego — stop. Ok, just stop right now. It’s not. I’m done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic.”

He later apologized.

“Alright. I’m sorry, I did that,” he said. “It just really bothers me that we have people that don’t care about other people’s safety around here. That’s just ridiculous.”

Even the “Bachelorette” herself weighed in.

The National Weather Service confirms EF3 tornadoes touched down outside of Dayton in Trotwood, and also in Beavercreek in Greene County with winds up to 140 mph.

One person was killed in Celina, dozens of others injured in the twisters, among 52 tornadoes that may have touched down Monday across eight states as waves of severe weather swept across the nation’s mid-section.

Watch the entire stream below:

8 comments

  • whopperplopper

    the same type of people that voted for clinton or sanders watch these retarded shows, clueless

  • Robert C Glass

    I do think the EAS is somewhat overused. This is the era of over protectiveness. On the other hand, the FCC license that the broadcasters hold is to have a primary purpose of public safety.

  • whatever831

    I’ve seen what a category F0 tornado has done to an entire mountain of trees in an area that has never had a tornado, so honestly I can’t imagine the type of damage from an F3 in my area. I would want to know and be prepared. Raise your hand if you’ve never seen a single episode let alone a clip of a show like the bachelor or bachelorette 🙋‍♀️ (And add an eye roll in for dramatics) 🙄

  • Lisa Marshinski

    So you’re sitting on your ass doing absolutely nothing, watching a show about someone else that you’re envious of, another person is giving you a heads up about danger where your life could be over within 2 minutes, and you’re pissed? I know it can get monotonous with the over and over again warnings, but tornados are a different breed of destruction. You don’t get a week to prepare. Good for the weather guy for bitching.

  • gutterratt

    That show is lame anyway, just like naked and stupid, bachelors and bimbos, the haves and have nots but nobody cares, so many of the shows out there are pure trash.

  • lickerblisters

    My only question is why are people watching The Bachelorette anyways?! Haha 😄 GET A LIFE AND CHANGE THE CHANNEL! (Says the guy who has no life and trolls all day)

  • Granny4

    We have the same thing locally, I totally agree why but don’t t understand why it needs to be continuous for 5 or more hours. I read the following information on line!

    For persons who are blind or visually impaired, emergency information provided in the video portion of a regularly scheduled newscast or a newscast that interrupts regular programming must be made accessible through an audio description of emergency information. If the emergency information is provided visually during regular programming through screen crawls or scrolls, for example, it must be accompanied by an audio tone and made accessible through the use of the television channel’s secondary audio stream. The tone will alert persons with vision disabilities that the broadcaster is providing emergency information and they should tune to the secondary audio stream for more information.

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