At least seven employees of WTOL-Channel 11, including three on-air personalities, were fired Monday by the station.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the employees were terminated for playing the game Cards Against Humanity while at the station on New Year’s weekend.
The names of those who were let go have not been released. The station posted job listings this week for positions that included two anchors, one meteorologist, a news producer, and three content specialists.
Station officials declined to comment on the firings other than to release this statement from station vice-president and general manager Brian Lorenzen:
“WTOL takes seriously its employment policies and our obligation to provide an environment in which all employees are treated with respect and dignity. As a result, WTOL had to take personnel actions this week related to several employees. Due to personnel matters being involved, we cannot comment further.”
Missing from the airwaves since earlier this month are anchor/reporters Trevor Ault and Ali Bradley and meteorologist Kimberly Newman. Bradley and Newman could not be reached for comment. When reached by phone, Ault declined to discuss his departure from the station.
Cards Against Humanity is an adult card game that has become popular in recent years as a party game. During each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card, similar to filling in the blanks on a Mad Libs page. Many of the cards could be considered inappropriate in nature.