Justin Kraemer said he thought he had a job waiting for him in Colorado Springs when he was fired from KSN earlier this week for accidentally letting an expletive fly on-air.
Now, he’s looking for another job.
Kraemer said Thursday that he had been in the final stages of negotiating for a job at KOAA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, when the story about his slip-up went viral. He was planning to head to Colorado Springs this weekend to start apartment hunting, he said.
But on Thursday morning, station managers called and told him they couldn’t offer him a job after all, he said.
“The conversation was very clinical and professional, and they informed me that this got a lot more attention than anyone could have possibly imagined when everything got started,” Kraemer said. “They’re in a difficult situation because they don’t want to get national or global publicity just for making a reporter hire.”
Earlier this week, Kraemer had indicated he had a job lined up but didn’t want to say where. When the news about his firing went viral, stories naming KOAA as his next employer began materializing online.
On Thursday, KOAA marketing director Sydney Rubin issued a statement on behalf of the station’s general manager, Evan Pappas, that read, “Despite reports, Justin Kraemer will not be working at KOAA."
Kraemer said he’s not sure what he will do now. But he said he appreciated the positive feedback he had gotten from people across the nation who posted online or contacted him to offer encouragement.
“I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten,” he said. “I can’t emphasize that enough.
“It’s been a difficult week. The only thing that’s gotten me through it is the anonymous love I’ve gotten from a lot of people.”
Kraemer, an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor at KSN since 2008, could be heard at the end of KSN’s Saturday night newscast muttering to his co-anchors, “Let’s get the (expletive) out of here.”
The show had come to an end, the cameras had already cut away from the anchors, who had signed off, and the end-of-broadcast music had played.
On Monday morning, Kraemer said, he was let go from the station. The story about his slip-up and firing has been fodder on national websites such as Gawker and the Huffington Post all week.