Liberte Chan was excited about the outfit she chose for her Saturday weather report on KTLA. "Even if it's early in the AM, can't beat a black beaded dress," she tweeted shortly before she went on air at the Los Angeles TV station, showing off her sequined dress, per Us Weekly. But her enthusiasm was short-lived: Soon after she started the live weather report, a hand appeared from off-camera holding a gray cardigan sweater. "What's going on? Why? Because it's cold?" she asked, to which anchor Chris Burrous replied: "We're getting emails." Chan smiled and put on the sweater, lamenting, "I look like a librarian now." Online reaction was swift, with commenters debating whether it was sexist and inappropriate to call out Chan on the air, even if her attire hadn't been typical newscaster garb, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chan reposted the video herself on her Facebook page later that morning, first apologizing to librarians for her librarian comment, then asking viewers for their take on what Us refers to as "#sweatergate." Some said she may have been dressed too casually for work but that the sweater handoff wasn't necessary. "The morning [newscasters] on this channel have made raunchy innuendos numerous times that I can recall and there's been news stories shown with women wearing less but this dress is a problem?" one wrote. Burrous offered his own apology, tweeting, "Meant in jest but I see how it seemed. I am sorry." Chan tweeted a link Sunday night to her blog, where she expounded on the incident. She explained the dress had been a backup (the first one she had on didn't work with the studio's greenscreen) and that she was never ordered to put on the sweater. "I was simply playing along with my co-anchor's joke, and if you've ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time," she writes. (This worker was sent home for not wearing high heels.)