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Kimberley Kennedy speaks out on being fired

 

Kimberley Kennedy

Kimberley Kennedy

Talk about a “Hot Topic.” Buzz required a pair of Ove Gloves in order to read Kimberley Kennedy’s latest blog entry. Read her complete essay here.

 

The former host of the WSB-TV Saturday night entertainment and news show has finally broken her silence on being let go this summer from her job.

On her blog at kimberleykennedy.com, the author of “Left at the Altar” writes of feeling like a fraud after writing a successful self-help book and then struggling with her bitterness after being sacked from the station.

Writes Kennedy: At the end of June, I unfortunately, became intimately acquainted with another type of rejection. I was fired.  . .You can imagine the shock when they called me in out of the blue, with no warning (and that would include good ratings and glowing reviews) to tell me they were letting me go.  In light of the current economic climate I wrongly interpreted the ax-ing to mean they were canceling the show.  Nope, they were only canceling me.

“It didn’t take long for the station to hire my replacement.  A woman half my age (and I’m guessing half my salary) with skills (I’m told) befitting her lack of numerical maturity.

“Was I bitter?  You better believe it.  Bitter, angry, hurt, you name it.  . . I had earned that job.  And not afraid to say it.”

 

17 comments Add your comment

Tell 'em!

September 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Say it! You would think they’d offer to negotiate, but no, they just axe people now. They shoot themselves in the foot!

Mike

September 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

My goodness. At least she’s expressing it months after the fact as something she had to work through, rather than unleashing an unprofessional tirade right when she got fired.

Why did I think that she and her brother Arch were somehow related to the Cox family?

Proud

September 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

This is is to let you know that you are truly in my prayers. I took a moment to read your article as I am currently working on my dissertation which is on Disorienting Dilemmas. I chose to write on this subject because I too have had rejections in my life; have been used and abused by employers; and after almost 20 years, am still mad as hell! One passage that I was told to read for a wee bit of comfort was Psalms 37. I pass this along to you. I can say that it sometimes take a while to see the good that comes out of unpleasant situations, but I can truly say that I have seen it. BE BLESSED!

Scoutmamma

September 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

I’ve certainly missed seeing Kimberly on “Hot Topic”. The show is no good now. Hopefully the producers will get their comeuppance.

MoveON

September 29th, 2009
2:02 pm

How sad. Join with the rest of America Kim…..GET OVER IT and move on….find another job and quit looking in the past. They were your EMPLOYER and can hire and fire as they wish……we still live in America….home of the free….Obama hasn’t completly wrecked it yet…

outspoken1

September 29th, 2009
4:42 pm

Hey KK,

I always thought you were a complete hottie! Don’t let the numbers of you and your replacement bother you. Get your “class” out there and find another gig.

FAS1

September 29th, 2009
5:06 pm

Perhaps if we all STOP watching WSB-TV and REFUSE to buy ad time, management will get the hint!! Keep in mind that this is a station run by left-wing loons, whose ideology borders on insanity. One would definitely guess that they’re pro-Acorn, too!!!

Dano

September 30th, 2009
2:07 am

Kimberly was good, but she shouldn’t be surprised that she was fired and replaced by someone younger and cheaper … that is the modus operandi of radio and TV!

Just ask Tom Sullivan and Holly Firfer … fired by 11 Alive (Atlanta & Company) and replaced by ONE host (probably 1/3 the total labor cost of Tommy & Holly).

TV and Radio are doing exactly the same thing that a majority of other industries are doing – saving money whatever way possible.

Anybody with a career in radio and TV knows that you WILL be fired for no reason someday – usually because you’re making too much money.

Ask Rhubarb Jones … ask Randy & Spiff … ask Jim Vann … it’s inevitable, so stop whining, Kimberly – you knew the gravy train would come to an end soon!

TVWatcher

September 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

I suppose Dano is right (I have no personal experience) – that this is how radio and TV operate (and most everywhere else for that matter).

But considering she helped create the show and made it work for 8 years, you would think WSB would have a little more class and a little more loyalty than that. Besides, Kimberley is still quite easy on the eyes and she conveys such a nice personality. She was the show.

I used to watch Hot Topics but have not since they replaced her. Personally I hope the show crashes and burns now. Here’s hoping Kimberley’s future is bright and idiot WSB station manager is soon looking for a job.

joe

September 30th, 2009
1:34 pm

Sorry to hear the news, and I feel your pain. Welcome to 21st century America.

dave

September 30th, 2009
3:29 pm

Kimberley,

An old Spanish proverb reads, “Bitterness is the liquid that corrodes the vessel in which it is held.” I understand how you must feel bitter and my wish is that you are able to release all feelings of bitterness and await the benefit of being kind to all, while still remaining true to yourself.

From one who has appreciated and respected your excellent work . . .

DC

September 30th, 2009
7:26 pm

Maybe Kimberley should look at the smoke from her burned bridges and realize that she should be looking for a TV job in other markets- it ain’t gonna happen in Atlanta!

Beth

October 1st, 2009
3:02 pm

I read Kimberly’s essay. I find it extremely ironic that she talks about living the life God intended for her and being a role model for her niece yet has no problem slamming the new woman who has taken over for her at Hot Topics. This young woman is starting her career and had nothing to do with her firing. This essay clearly demonstrates that Kimberly Kennedy has little introspection, class, or character. Poor choices like this are most likely what lead to your current situation, not anything else. Though you would like to think so, you are not a victim.

Mike

October 1st, 2009
11:52 pm

Enter your comments here
All of you should get over it and watch another show! People put way to much stake in TV in the first place. Its all driven by ratings and money. It has nothing to do with content especially a show like Hot Topics!

Endgame

October 3rd, 2009
2:38 pm

Yeah – she should have pulled back on slamming her replacement. But since none of us knows what really happened behind the scenes it’s a stretch to say that her attitude is why she got fired. With no other evidence, I’ll take her at her word on what happened. I’ve known several people in that industry who have gotten a similiar shaft. It looks like age discrimination to me.

As for Mike – I think everybody is moving on – and probably are watching another show, reading, or going to bed. But, If you feel we’re so silly for commenting on this article, why did you bother to read it or these comments?

Joe McTague

December 16th, 2009
6:44 pm

KK… I remember calling you on behalf of one of my colleagues in Columbus, GA who had such a crush on you. It’s been 20+ years but I do wish you the best of luck. I appreciate your works. Very admirable. Hope all goes well.

margie edwards

July 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

I think her firing was a stupid move. I liked Kimberly very much. I also have not watched “Hot Topics” since because I don’t care for the new girl and didn’t like Autumn Sam at all.