Gee, what a coincidence.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

Last Friday, KTLA weekend anchor Courtney Friel’s salacious book excerpt was featured by the New York Daily News. The next day, Friel wasn’t in the anchor chair at her regularly scheduled 5 p.m. slot, nor was she in it at 6 p.m., nor was she in it at 10 p.m., nor was she in the chair at 11 p.m. And on Sunday, she again was not in the anchor chair at 5, 6, 7, 10 or 11 p.m.

No, the Los Angeles local TV anchor has been sent on “vacation” after the Daily News revealed that, in her new book Tonight at 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News, Friel claims President Donald Trump once phoned her and called her “the hottest one at Fox News” and then allegedly said: “You should come up to my office sometime, so we can kiss.”

Why would KTLA remove a popular anchor one day after she revealed that the President of the United States made a sexual overture towards her? Friel wasn’t planning to go on vacation until the following Monday, but KTLA seemingly disappeared her right after the Daily News excerpt published, causing observers to question such an unannounced break.

KTLA did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

On Saturday, according to a firsthand witness who spoke to The Daily Beast, Friel was interrupted by a paparazzo while shopping for groceries at a West Hollywood Whole Foods. The photographer asked her: “Why are you not on the news right now?”

She responded: “That’s a good question. I’m the weekend anchor, ask them.”

“Do you think you’re going to be fired?” he asked Friel.

“I hope not. I love my job,” she told him, before he snapped some pictures.

It is illegal to fire an employee for reporting sexual harassment. 

So this KTLA might want to think carefully before they pander to the Donald Trump supporters who very likely want this young woman fired.