NEW YORK – Britt McHenry is set to return to ESPN this weekend, an ESPN rep confirmed to Sports Illustrated. The Washington, D.C.-based reporter was suspended last week after she completely lost it and verbally assaulted a female parking attendant.
According to Sports Illustrated, McHenry, who called the lot clerk fat and uneducated, has a plethora of assignments ahead of her, and will appear on SportsCenter this weekend covering a to-be-determined sporting event.
“She knows she made a mistake,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SI. “She’s owned up to it. I think she is just really anxious to get back to work.”
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Britt McHenry was suspended for a week, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday after the a video was posted on the website LiveLeak and quickly became viral. The video, which was edited, shows McHenry insulting the physical appearance and intelligence of the clerk after her car was towed.
“It makes my skin crawl even being here,” McHenry tells the unseen person behind the desk. “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh? Cause they look so stunning.”
“I’m on television and you’re in a f***ing trailer, honey,” she adds. The video ends with McHenry suggesting that the employee “lose some weight, baby girl.”
McHenry apologized on Twitter Thursday after the video became public. “In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” she said.
The towing company at the center of a viral video showing ESPN reporter Britt McHenry’s profanity-laden tirade against one of its workers said Friday they have no desire to see McHenry lose her job.
“Parking enforcement is contentious by nature. At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments,” Advanced Towing Company, located in Arlington, Virginia, said in a statement.
“Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line. She is human and errors in judgement can be made in the heat of the moment,” the towing company said.
Not everyone at ESPN wants Britt McHenry back on the air — with several employees (including on-air talent) telling us plain and simple — “She should have been fired.”
TMZ Sports, spoke with many of ESPN employees, including producers, production people and even on air personalities, who all agree they are not down with a 1-week suspention
One high level producer tells the site, “She’s the worst. Hopefully she’ll be fired soon.”
Another person said, “[What she did] reflects on all of us at ESPN. She will be fired soon. If not, I’ll be shocked.”
“She came off more than rude in that clip. It seems like she needs some humble pie,” says another ESPN staffer … “[ESPN] can find a million Britt McHenrys to replace her.”
One famous ESPN’er (who also didn’t want to be named) told us, “Put it like this, she’s replaceable.”