This story has been corrected to include that KTVN did not cut ties with John Potter. Potter did not renew a contract renewal that had been offered to him. .
KTVN 2 News chief executive and chairman said the station cut presenter John Potter on his morning show Wednesday as the longtime Reno TV personality began to reveal confidential information and publicly broadcast grievances to the live television.
Andrew Perini said Potter refused to sign his offered contract renewal and was due to deliver an on-air farewell speech during Wednesday’s broadcast.
In a four-minute video posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Potter hinted that something was imminent and that he planned to speak live on TV.
“I have an announcement to make on the morning show tomorrow around 7am,” he said from what appears to be a self-shot video of his backyard. “It’s important and I’m not looking forward to it.”
Potter did not return a request for comment.
Perini said he had no choice as general manager but to cut Potter during the morning show.
“We have employment contracts for all of our anchors,” said Perini.
Perini declined to comment on what Potter said on the air before the station cut.
“We wish John the best and appreciate his 20 years of service,” he said.
On Wednesday morning, Potter posted on his KTVN John Potter Facebook page: “Your morning presenter thanks you for your support. It has been my honor to bring the news directly to you and with common sense, positivity and humor to start your day. “
In his personal video posted Tuesday, Potter joked that he had entrusted his “financial and legal affairs to Britney Spears’ father.” The pop star’s father is making headlines for his guardianship over Spears’ personal and professional life.
“I’m in this form right now,” he said.
According to the KTVN website, Potter is originally from Reno and first worked on KCBN radio in the 1970s.
Before returning to Reno, his career took him to Las Vegas, where he was a reporter and weather presenter for five years. He has also worked in New York, Maine and Texas.
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