An Ohio meteorologist slammed fans of the show “Bachelorette” when they complained about a tornado emergency warning interrupting their show, according to multiple reports.
Jamie Simpson, the resident Fox 45 meteorologist in Dayton, Ohio, criticized fans of the reality television show after complaints starting flowing in from social media about the weather report interruption at around 9:30 p.m. on May 27, which was during an episode, according to The Weather Channel. It was also at this time that the Dayton area was under a tornado watch and several tornado warnings.
During the weather report, Simpson noticed that they were receiving comments, some of which consisted of people complaining that the weather report was cutting into their show time, and they were demanding the station switch back to their show.
Simpson read the tweets and immediately got angry at the viewers, saying that the tornado situation was very dangerous—for both them and the people who might potentially be in the tornado’s path—and that he was tired of people complaining about having to miss a television show for this.
— pod4g (@pod4g) May 28, 2019
“Viewers are complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No. We’re not going back to the show folks,” Simpson said, while still on the air. “This is a dangerous situation, OK? Think about if it was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that’s what we’re going to do. Some people complaining that it’s all about my ego—stop. Ok, just stop right now. It’s not. I’m done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic.”
He went on and off the screen many times, and finally, after his criticism, he apologized about his outburst but stood by his point that it was important to keep people safe.
“Alright, I’m sorry, I did that,” he said. “It just really bothers me that we have people that don’t care about other people’s safety around here. That’s just ridiculous.”
Many viewers went on to the Fox 45 Dayton’s Facebook page and left angry messages about missing their show.
“Thanks for ruining my night Jamie,” one commenter wrote. “You ruined Bachelorette for everyone.”
Another commenter wrote, “get off my TV.”
The weather service backed up Simpson’s criticism, and said, “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.”
The majority of the people who commented on the Facebook post praised Simpson for standing by his decision to not back down and were very supportive. Numerous people commented thanking Simpson for all he did to keep the people safe, while others commended Simpson for putting people in their place.
There were others on Twitter who also had their own thoughts. Typer Roney, the meteorologist at KDLT News also expressed his two cents on a Twitter post regarding the situation.
An incredibly powerful tornado devastated portions of Dayton Ohio tonight yet meteorologists were getting hate messages because they “interrupted” The Bachelorette and hockey.
We don’t care if we “interrupted” “your” show. If it helps save lives, then that’s what matters.
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) May 28, 2019
“An incredibly powerful tornado devastated portions of Dayton Ohio tonight yet meteorologists were getting hate messages because they ‘interrupted’ The Bachelorette and hockey,” Roney wrote. “We don’t care if we ‘interrupted’ ‘your’ show. If it helps save lives, then that’s what matters.”
Another user replied to his tweet, adding on that Simpson may have saved lives for being firm on putting people’s safety above all else.
Jamie Simpson deserves an award for this, this night has been scary as hell, and he doesn’t have to explain anything. He may have saved lives by having this rant and I for one am happy he did it..
— Wendy Zimmerman (@wendyvhz2632) May 28, 2019
“Jamie Simpson deserves an award for this, this night has been scary as hell, and he doesn’t have to explain anything. He may have saved lives by having this rant and I for one am happy he did it..”
Watch the full weather broadcast below.