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I will always suspend you

Viewers of KOKH-TV Channel 25 last week might have noticed a vaguely empty feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Turns out, there’s an explanation.

News anchor Andrew Speno was cooling his telegenic heels for the week, handed a weeklong suspension after making a wisecrack about Whitney Houston on the March 8 newscast.

About a story in which the deceased pop singer left her entire estate to her daughter, Speno quipped that the bounty even included Houston’s crack pipe.

Speno apologized on air, but that didn’t avoid a suspension. Since that time, Speno fans have rallied to his defense, even creating a “Save our Speno” page on Facebook.

We’re just glad the whole sordid episode is over. If there’s one facet of journalism that is no place for frivolity of any kind, it’s TV news.

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