Sun-Times TV Critic Fired After Mentioning Song That Wasn’t Performed

The TV critic at the Chicago Sun-Times has been fired after she fabricated parts of a review of a “Glee Live!” concert.

“I do understand what a big deal this was. I am ashamed, and it’s just a matter of making bad decisions when you’re exhausted,” Paige Wiser told the Chicago Tribune.

Wiser had brought her two children to the show, but her daughter got ill and began vomiting. Wiser left, but included information in her review about the songs that had been sung after she left—including an encore cover of “Friday”—which hadn’t actually been sung.

“I’d like to think it wouldn’t have been part of my thought process if it hadn’t been 1 a.m. and I was just trying to get the story done,” Wiser said. “I just wanted it to be a complete review after the Oprah travesty.” Last month, Wiser had been covering the final Oprah taping and got vertigo from the press box. A colleague ended up writing the story.

“There’s a lot of running on the treadmill and losing ground, and I’m exhausted and to try to have kids and do this is really tough,” she told the Tribune. “But I don’t want to make it sound as though that’s an excuse because there’s no excuse for doing something stupid.”

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