Nashville Sportscaster Fired After On-Air Tribute to Prince

Dan Phillips

Something that apparently started with good intentions has cost a Nashville sportscaster his job.

Dan Phillips was fired by Fox 17 on Friday after station honchos and some viewers felt his Prince-themed tribute sportscast last week after the music icon’s death was “insensitive.” He had been with the station since 2005.

You can see the tribute above. It includes several references to lyrics from Prince songs, including the “Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life” opening from “Let’s Go Crazy.”

“First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week,” Phillips wrote on his Facebook page. “It really means a lot.

“Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.”

According to The Tennessean, Fox 17 news director did not return calls seeking comment.

Awful Announcing noted that Phillips’ bio page already has been deleted from the Fox 17 website and he no longer appears on the list of the station’s on-air talent.

To use another Prince reference, this is just another sign of the times when something with seemingly good intentions somehow finds a way to offend some people.

SOURCE: Greg Rajan 
The Houston Chronicle