“They just have a different weather philosophy and want to go a different direction,” Kimmel said. “I’m not going to stand in their way. They were very cool about it all. I wish them good luck.”
Sinclair, which purchased KEYE last year, came under fire in November for a pre-election special aired on its Columbus, Dayton and West Palm Beach stations that some called a partisan attack on President Obama. However, Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s vice president of news, defended the special saying, “No doubt it was hard-hitting, but it was fair.”
Kimmel, who has worked at KEYE twice before (1998-1999 and 2000-2003) will sign off from KEYE on Friday December 28.