“I Had Completely Lost Faith”: Weather Woman Fired After Defending Her Natural Hair Lands Huge New Job
We first told you about Rhonda Lee back in 2012. The meteorologist out of Shreveport made headlines when she was fired from her job after responding to the comments of a viewer who took to Facebook to say that she unless she was a cancer patient, she needed to ditch her TWA for a wig. She politely responded by saying the following:
And she also responded to a male viewer who criticized the show for a segment they did that year called “Three Minute Smile” that just so happened to feature a few too many black children for the critic’s liking. Again, Lee politely put the viewer in check. But unfortunately for her, even her polite responses weren’t appreciated by her employers, KTBS 3 News, and she was fired for violating their social media policy. Lee filed a complaint about her dismissal (since she was fired in 2012, I would say nothing really came of that complaint), and she went on to find work elsewhere, but in an interview with NewsOne, recently said that she started to feel down about everything going on.
“A month ago, I told my husband that I’m pretty sure I would never work in weather again.”
But the good news is, Lee has found a new opportunity, and she announced the news on her Facebook account:
“I am very happy to announce that I have accepted a position @WeatherNation! It is a national job that will allow me to reach millions of homes every day. By all accounts it is my dream job and I am thrilled to be a part of the WeatherNation family.”
And she spoke to NewsOne about moving forward.
“I had completely lost faith, but in a matter of a week or so, all of a sudden, three people showed interest in me. It was an awakening is what it was. I really had given up.
It’s revealing to me that you should never give up. I tell people that all the time in any speech that I give. For me to actually follow my own advice is a pretty beautiful thing.”
She also said that her new employer heard about her situation with KTBS and isn’t worried about her social media presence, let alone her hair.
“It wouldn’t require anything more than a brief explanation. My new boss said, ‘I heard about that,’ and we moved on so that was it. Every once in a while in life, you find good people with good sense who know talent when they see it and know a good employee when they see it.”