Meteorologist calls 'Bachelorette' viewers 'pathetic' for complaining about his emergency tornado warning: 'I’m done with you people'

Suzy Byrne
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
(Screenshot: Fox 45/Twitter)
(Screenshot: Fox 45/Twitter)

A Dayton, Ohio, meteorologist lashed out at “pathetic” Bachelorette viewers who complained that his station’s emergency tornado coverage was interrupting the reality show.

Jamie Simpson, a weatherman for Fox 45 Now, was warning viewers about the destructive tornado rolling into the area on Monday night, which ultimately killed one person and caused widespread damage from eastern Indiana to central Ohio. The feedback he got on social media for it sparked outrage.

“I was just checking social media,” Simpson said during his broadcast. “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, OK? 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. Some of you complain this is all about my ego. Stop. Just stop right now. It’s not. I’m done with you people, I really am. Pathetic.”

The irate weather man then offered an apology, saying, “I’m sorry I did that. It just really bothers me that we have people who don’t care about other people’s safety around here. That’s just ridiculous.”

The mayor of Celina, Ohio, which is 80 miles north of Dayton and was where the fatality occurred, said the area looked like a “war zone” with “some of the houses completely moved off their foundations and gone.” A dozen people were injured.

But Bachelorette fans who didn’t want to miss a second of Hannah’s adventures, which included a trip to the ER, were annoyed by the interruption. “Get off the screen,” one commenter wrote during a news interruption. “ppl are trying to watch more important things that tornado warnings here aka the bachelorette.” Another posted, “If a tornado doesn’t hit tonight I’m going to be very angry, thanks for ruining my bachelorette time.”

Others on social media weighed in on what an inconvenience the safety warning was.

It even led Hannah herself to comment.

In light of the destruction, Simpson is being applauded today — including by a fellow meteorologist.

And the Bachelorette viewers who complained are being slammed.

The Bachelorette is now in its 15th season, which just started on May 13.

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