A meteorologist slammed viewers who complained on social media about weather reports interrupting ABC’s Monday night broadcast of the dating show.
A succession of tornadoes were reported across eight states overnight that killed at least one person and injured at least 35 others.
When people started chiming in on social media that the network should go back to the program, Jamie Simpson went the hell off. “I’m checking social media. We have viewers complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’”
While Simpson was warning people of the inclement weather, he interrupted his analysis to get a very important point across. “No, we’re not going back to the show. This is a dangerous situation, okay?” Simpson said, referencing the incoming complaints on social media. “I’m done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic. It’s a dangerous situation here.”
What Simpson was alerting people to was a tornado warning, which is when a tornado has been spotted or picked up on radar.
Simpson then took a breath and apologized: “All right. I’m sorry I did that. It just really bothers me there are people who don’t care about other people’s safety around here.”
According to The Weather Channel, the station’s Facebook post announcing the live television updates included irate Bachelorette fans. “Thanks for ruining my night Jamie,” one wrote. “You ruined Bachelorette for everyone.”
The weather service also added: “Simpson’s refusal to go back to regular programming may have saved lives after a powerful tornado later slammed the Dayton area later that evening.”