Reporter Who Admitted to Working ‘Bra-Less’ Is Surprised She Got Sacked

The latest example of the dangers of over-sharing on social media

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Shea Allen's blog "No Apologies: Confessions of a red headed reporter"

Sometimes honesty isn’t always the best policy: Shea Allen, a reporter for ABC’s affiliate WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama, has been fired for 10 confessions she posted last week on her personal blog “No Apologies: Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter”, the Huntsville Times reports. Here’s the list that has gone viral:

1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
5. I hate the right side of my face.
6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)

Allen told TODAY Tuesday morning that the post was supposed to be self-deprecating:

“I was thinking I was being snarky and funny…I certainly didn’t think it would come to this.”

While WAAY’s general manager refused to comment about “personnel” matters, Allen said she was appalled that something she did outside of the office would cause her to lose her job. As she put it to the Times:

“On the one hand, management wants you to exploit every social media site you possibly can, put as much content out there, drive to the web, drive to the web. And then on the other hand, I’ve done something in my personal time on the web, a personally designated space and I’ve been terminated for it.”

Her candid camera moments were not just limited to her blogspot site, however. Allen — who describes herself as a “full-time smarty pants” in her Twitter profile — griped about slow Friday news days in a video uploaded to YouTube in February:

“For all you college kids who really want to make a difference…this isn’t Katie Couric. This is me sitting in my car, waiting to do a story about nothing, and getting paid less than most McDonald’s managers.”

Co-workers reportedly have mixed reviews on Allen. In an article published Tuesday morning, Gawker says one called Allen a “ticking time bomb,” while others reportedly told the Blaze that she was hard-working and trustworthy, arguing that her dismissal violated “the First Amendment rights of all journalists.” In fact, while Allen removed the controversial blog post after she was let go, she decided to re-post for the sake of “free expression.”

But it looks like Allen may be ready to get back to work. On Monday night, she tweeted, “For God’s sake I just want to tell the news.”

172 comments
CatherineMaxwell
CatherineMaxwell

Shea appears to be a regular rocket scientist! Must have turned down the scholarship at Princeton to work for the news station!  Either that or she is incredibly naive to think that what a semi-public personality says and does ANYWHERE is not under scrutiny by someone somewhere. Little girl -- welcome to the real grown-up, harsh world. Hope you learned something and will take all the factors into account if you ever get a news job again. I hear Faux "News" is hiring lol,lol

chessking69n
chessking69n

I have no problem with this. I love boobs.

SusanTrear
SusanTrear

She should have been let go for her lack of writing ability alone, which includes incomplete sentences.  In addition, she is a narcissist to the extent that "what's good for me should be likewise good for you."   Living in her own psycho-babble world does not a good reporter make.  Her bra and what is or is not in it is the least of her problems.  Get thee to a counselor, dear.  Not fit for prime time and certainly not someone our kids should look to as a role model.  I am happy that one day you will be old, whether or not you reflect on your comments about the elderly today.  Goodbye, poor girl.

thewarrantyman
thewarrantyman

So the real question here is...Olivia...have you ever written a news story bra-less?

Renita
Renita

I'm better when I have no idea what I'm talking about? Good to know we can rely on your news.

Renita
Renita

Refuse to do stories about old people? Good stories make her depressed? Have people think she's recording them when she's not? I'm guessing the "bra" bit isn't the part she was fired for.

RyanBiddulph
RyanBiddulph

Wow! Honesty. I give her credit for being honest at least. Does not strike me as the happiest person though.

RB

wargabebas
wargabebas

I am wondering, what kind of mail can one steal and put back? Looks like a practical joke that went bad. Hope she learned from this mischief.

ChrispyCruiser
ChrispyCruiser

The First Amendment restricts government action, not private action. Why don't reporters of all people know this???

okayfine
okayfine

I probably would have let her go, too. Once she posted all that stuff about being disrespectful to sources, interview subjects, viewers and so on, how could her employers expect her to put the pieces of her credibility back together? It was an immature and unprofessional thing to post. But, I would probably also fire the person who writes Time's headlines. I knew by reading the headline that this reporter was NOT fired for going bra-less. The truth is much more valuable and intelligent, but you'd never know it by the stupidity that is this headline. Talk about shaky credibility, there you go.

gb.whisperer
gb.whisperer

You forgot to erase any responsibility with those two little words that form the disingenuous saying: "My Bad."

I know you want to thank me for the great advice, to which I reply: "No Problem."

asleepnomore7
asleepnomore7

Every older generation has something negative to say about the generation following them.  What surprises me about the list, is that she is surprised that she got canned.  She admits to not wearing a bra, sleeping on the job, doesn't like "old people", the strange remark about clouds and rainbows, and "maybe" admits to what is technically a felony. (stealing mail)  Joking or not, you DO NOT place this on a public site.  She thought no one would find it.  Judging by her "snarky" remarks, it's possible that someone was looking for a reason.  WOW!  She will be lucky if she hasn't blown her career.

shorty.barlow
shorty.barlow

LoL, I just read this to see if it would link to her 'bra-less' news report XD

harleylovinchelley
harleylovinchelley

Look, listen, and learn people. If she had posted it as, "I might have.......  then she (or you) would not have actually admitted doing anything wrong (or illegal). 


If you want to act naughty on the net, do NOT actually say, "I stole mail, I lied".  Post it as, "There may have been a time when I stole mail, lied...etc.

Got it? Don't be your own worst enemy.   

AND.........NOTHING on the net is private.

 

AmandaLPeebles
AmandaLPeebles

I think the mail theft is the worst...helloo federal offense ..who cares about a bra..

agent.john.smith.neo
agent.john.smith.neo

I don't care about 9 of the 10 items. The only one which caught my eye is the stealing mail part. Isn't that a federal offense?

George286
George286

She stated in public that she secretly went bra-less, steals people's mail, fools people she is interviewing by secretly turning off the recorder, is aware of using those who crushes on her and is frightened of old people?  And apparently oblivious to how these "self-deprecating" observations would not come across as lighthearted admissions to other people, as if everyone has foibles like this?

All delights in duping others.  Methinks this gal has a screw or two loose, a tad sociopathic, perhaps narcissism but there is definitely something very wrong here.  And frightened of old people is just bizarre.

JohnC
JohnC

Go bra-less at the next job interview,....everything is going to be alright.

TheSmartestMan
TheSmartestMan

Poor little princess.....I love how these idiots say they put stuff on there "private" web sites....that aren't private at all and everyone can read them.....attention seeking much?

doovinator
doovinator

snarky and mean. Grow up little girl.

chacalcdn
chacalcdn

May I remind all that breasts do not kill people guns do...

alurlyrx
alurlyrx

The public suddenly goes prudish after they support and demand nudity in films and sex in advertising. Why are Americans so hung up about sex. They are so hypocritical.

gradyphilpott
gradyphilpott

I think for the most part her post was "snarky and funny," but it's possible that she admitted to violating company policy and she most definitely admitted to committing a felony.

This story may be far from over.

SuhailShafi
SuhailShafi

What this woman did may have been silly, but she should NOT have been fired for it. I would call a lawyer if I was her. 

Apostate
Apostate

Well, I've had my doubts for many years now about to what extent news organizations respect or even understand 1st amendment rights, so . . . 

Melve
Melve

I think it's more likely her tasteless ageist comment got her sacked. Plus she obviously has poor work ethic.

CatherineMaxwell
CatherineMaxwell

@asleepnomore7 She displayed ample reasons for why the best career she will ever have is working in a retail clothing store or McDonalds. She must have been hired for her looks because she doesn't have much else that would be required of a journalist -- ya know like grammar, spelling, thinking, being un-biased, having good judgment.....

RealitySchmeality
RealitySchmeality

@harleylovinchelleyWow, thank you so much for such lucid and practical instruction. I must admit, I didn't think reading articles or forums would have any educational benefit until I read the first line of your post; "Look, listen and learn people." It became clearly obvious that you are an authority and have exclusive wisdom to impart. As soon as I read that, I my reaction was immediate: "Whoa, hold everything... everyone stop what you're doing and gather 'round... The Sage of Wisdom is prepared to enlighten us. We urgently require your counsel, O Mahatma, savant of the Internet. Tell us simpleminded folk what to do."

And your timing was absolutely perfect. Just prior to reading this, I was about to post a scathingly incriminating list of misdeeds and criminal acts I have committed recently. But now with your expert guidance, I went ahead and re-worded the first part of each to read, "There may have been a time when I ..."  Whew, you saved my skin. Thanks!


okayfine
okayfine

@alurlyrx Did ya READ the article? It is NOT about her going bra-less. That is just what the idiot intern who wrote the headline wrote, probably without getting past the 1st paragraph.

MikeMikey
MikeMikey

@alurlyrx I'll bet it was theft and sleeping on the job that did her in.  You're the one focusing on her bra, most of us are more concerned with her moral judgement.

okayfine
okayfine

@SuhailShafi It is past silly to be dismissive of your audience, subjects & sources. THAT is why she was fired & her employers were correct for that decision.

George286
George286

@SuhailShafi stealing people's mail alone is a more than good enough reason to fire her.

MikeMikey
MikeMikey

@Apostate They have no idea about, or respect for the 2nd so I doubt they understand the 1st any better.