WLS sportscaster Mark Giangreco is working on an exit package with the ABC-owned station after he used the word “ditzy” when referring to anchor Cheryl Burton during a newscast, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
On Jan. 28, Giangreco commented on a video of a hockey player sanding drywall with his stick and then shooting a puck into a garbage can by saying, “Gotta get him a show on DIY Network. We’ll call it House Fix with Sticks, and Cheryl can play the ditzy, combative interior decorator. I got it all worked out.'”
The Sun-Times says that Burton, who has worked at WLS since 1992, complained to station management after the remark. Giangreco has been off the air ever since.
Giangreco has 18 months left on his contract. He started working in Chicago at NBC-owned WMAQ in 1982 before moving to WLS in 1994.