Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Serene Branson Update: Feeling Better; KROQ Gagged From Talking About Her (VIDEO)


It's sometimes strange what ends up going viral; this video (above) of KCBS reporter Serene Branson suffering some sort of health-related speech issue quickly went around the world after its initial Sunday night broadcast. CBS eventually had YouTube take the video down, but Mediaite made a copy, which is what you see above.

KCBS has given Branson some time off in order to weather the Internet storm; the reporter also took that time off on Monday to meet with doctors.

CBS has been tight-lipped about the incident, other than releasing a statement. The company even blocked CBS Radio-owned KROQ morning DJs Kevin and Bean from referencing the Branson clip -- according to a Tweet by Bean, who was not too pleased. ("Yes, our company believes in supressing information that is available EVERYWHERE ELSE," he later added.)

Insiders said that a call was placed to CBS Radio asking that Branson's gaffe not be discussed; apparently some inside the TV station felt that the Kevin & Bean show was insensitive on Monday while discussing the reporter.

Meanwhile, according to LA Observed, KCBS addressed Branson's news clip and her health during one of the station's Monday night newscasts:

The statement read by the anchors noted that Branson went to the doctor for follow-up medical tests on Monday. "Serene, we love you, we support you and we hope you are feeling better," Sharon Tay ad-libbed on KCAL's 8 p.m. broadcast.

Here's video of that statement:

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