A Philadelphia TV reporter found herself out of a job Monday morning as a result of a video of her arrest taken outside a club from the night before, making her that day’s presumed “top story.”
Writers for the New York Post say that Colleen Campbell, a 28-year-old on-camera personality of the east coast city’s PHL-17, was notified of her dismissal when she called in at the start of the work week to, ironically, inform her bosses that she would be staying home following her release from jail earlier that morning.
“When I came home, I called my producer to talk about why I [would] absent,” the now-former TV reporter explained to Philadelphia Magazine, not yet knowing that the arrest video had made its way online.
“I didn’t realize a video was out,” Campell went on to detail.
“I found out about it later because HR called me and said I was being terminated. They said there’s a video. I said, ‘What video?'”
The video in question, as it turns out, came way of Will Sylvince, a New York-based comedian performing at the establishment Campbell just so happened to be booted from, Helium Comedy Club, after she apparently was first asked by bosses of the club to silence her “loud whispering” during a performer’s stand-up act.
“According to Sylvince, Campbell’s bad behavior began inside the club after she interrupted a show featuring Craig Robinson, who played Daryl in The Office, with her loud whispering,” the Philadelphia Inquirer adds.
“Sylvince [then] says [Campbell] was asked to leave the club after multiple warnings and on the way out, claims Campbell allegedly assaulted employees in the bar area.”
Sylvince’s footage picks up around the time the TV reporter and a male acquaintance are confronted by a passing police officer, who reportedly was willing to let the drunken Campbell, already well into her tirade, and her friend walk away with nothing but a warning.
Please be advised the following video contains strong language.
“Or what,” Campbell is heard retorting in the video.
“Or what, motherf****r? Lick my a*****e! How about that, [you] f***ing piece of s**t. That’s why nobody likes f***ing police. Idiots in this f**king town.”
The cop, despite the vitriol coming his way from Campbell, manages to maintain his cool — which infuriates the inebriated Campbell even further.
“After spending two minutes throwing out relentless profanity and insults, the patient officer finally [has enough and] handcuffs and arrests [Campbell] after she appears to spit on a [club] manager and attempts to shove her shoe in his face,” the Inquirer goes on to explain.
Even as she’s being cuffed, however, the TV reporter continues to mouth off to the arresting officer, expressing that “everyone hates” the police and that she, again ironically, works at a “f***ing news station.”
“That’s why society hates you! I work at a f***ing news station, motherf****r,” Campbell angrily exclaims, before shouting out the exact station she would soon be handed a pink slip from.
“No wonder everybody wants to blow your f***ing heads off. I work at PHL-17! I’m not a f***ing hood rat.”
Be that as it may, Campbell was eventually charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. Reps for PHL-17 did confirm to several media sources on Tuesday that the reporter and the network had, in fact, parted ways some time after her arrest.
“Colleen Campbell is no longer employed by PHL-17,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to Philadelphia Magazine.
All relation to the Campbell on the network’s website was also wiped clean, the Inquirer additionally states.
Campbell, who believes she may have been drugged at some point before the altercation with the officer, now says she wants to make amends to him.
“I don’t remember the whole altercation at all,” she expressed of the incident.
“I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me.”
The now-former TV reporter has since deleted her social media accounts in the wake of the arrest video going viral, after reportedly receiving threats from law enforcement supporters over her actions.
[Featured Image by Philadelphia Police Dept.]