The Bachelorette fans may not appreciate this, but an emergency weather alerts always take precedence over a reality competition show that has high stakes over nothing.
Isn’t your life more important than seeing whose hearts will be broken? Meteorologist Jamie Simpson definitely thinks so.
Locals in Ohio did not forecast the Dayton Fox 45 weatherman losing his cool while warning residents of a “catastrophic” deadly tornado sweeping its way across the region. The warning coincided with the airing of a new episode of the reality show.
The Bachelorette viewers were peeved and vented their frustration over the unwelcome interruption meant to inform everyone for their safety.
My hometown weatherman SNAPPED last night during the tornadoes in Dayton. I’m dying. What a hero. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Yq5jUWoojR
— Phil Stamper 🚀🏳️🌈 (@stampepk) May 28, 2019
My entire family lives in the Miami Valley- my cousin literally just lost her home, everyone else was caught up in this storm too, so thanks to @JamieFOX45Now for making sure they had access to this information. 👏🏼👏🏼
— Phil Stamper 🚀🏳️🌈 (@stampepk) May 28, 2019
Simpson sounded off during a live update and made sure locals got their priorities in order.
“I was just checking social media, we have viewers complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No, we’re not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation, okay?”
“Think about if this was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that is what we’re going to do.”
WATCH: Weatherman @JamieFOX45Now in Dayton, Ohio snapped at viewers complaining on social media about the network's decision to cut into The Bachelorette Monday evening with emergency tornado warning coverage
"I'm done with you people, I really am. This is pathetic" pic.twitter.com/m4nxmoUUkY
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 28, 2019
He responded to the criticism about his character and called out the “pathetic” situation.
“Some of you complain that this is all about my ego. Stop, okay? Just stop right now. It’s not. I’m done with you people, I really am. This is pathetic.”
Many agreed with Simpson.
I don’t know why that’s funny. He’s 100% right. Peoples safety is more important than a damn game
— Stephn Baldetti (@Bdetti092) May 28, 2019
This. 1000%. Severe weather is no big deal until the people pissed off are the ones needing help. This met was spot on. 👏👏👏
— Stephanie Sigafoos (@ssigafoos) May 28, 2019
An incredibly powerful tornado devastated portions of Dayton Ohio tonight yet meteorologists were getting hate messages because they “interrupted” The Bachelorette and hockey.
We don’t care if we “interrupted” “your” show. If it helps save lives, then that’s what matters.
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) May 28, 2019
Dayton Ohio was all but destroyed with two massive twisters, yet viewers complaining to get off the air to watch their show. This TV meteorologist calls them out on air. Very frustrating in such a dangerous situation that people don’t understand why we do what we do. @fox17 https://t.co/V0RSlQavIk
— Kevin Craig (@FoxWeatherman) May 28, 2019
Simpson is a respected and affable local news personality, and it was gratifying for viewers to see him finally unravel.
Obvs, but it *is* funny when people on the news "break character" and drop the nice friendly face and get angry, even when it is for good reason. It's doubly funny that the weatherman is getting mad at people who are complaining about him on social media.
— SpikeHitman (@SpikeHitman) May 28, 2019
this, it's possible to recognize the gravity of the situation and also understand how hilarious it is in any context that the local weatherman is yelling "i'm sick of you people" on the air
— amy brown (@arb) May 28, 2019
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 We break coverage for a reason. Tonight, lives were at risk in parts of the country & Jamie Simpson was tired of the complaining. https://t.co/x0PtNSSxvW
— Ethan Emery (@EthanEmeryWX) May 28, 2019
Simpson managed to strike a nerve among those with a guilty conscience.
"I'm sick of you people!"
I felt that on a personal level.
— 𝕸𝖆𝖙𝖙 (@mattxcmh) May 28, 2019
right , i’m not even one of the ppl complaining and i wanted to apologize
— c 💚 (@Cecile_RedCat) May 28, 2019
He spoke right to my soul
— Donut 🍩 (@MMMDONUT22) May 28, 2019
Lmao. You can apologize on their behalf.
— Qādīmāh 🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@_4u2nv) May 28, 2019
Fox 45 is a Sinclair-owned dual Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliate which owns Dayton’s ABC 22, the network on which the popular dating competition airs.
Simpson’s urgent broadcast may have saved lives. Now, back to our regular programming.