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Larry Conners: "KMOV Management Wanted to Get Rid of an Older Anchor And His Salary"

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Larry Conners.
Last week, Daily RFT spoke to fired KMOV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Larry Conners about his potential job prospects -- and the latest in his ongoing legal battles with his former bosses. Conners told us that he is in talks with several possible employers and that he is confident about his hearing next month in his lawsuit against KMOV and parent company Belo Broadcasting.

He has since posted a full statement on his new Facebook page, updating his fairly large group of followers there about the status of his legal action -- and doubling down on allegations that his termination was a clear form of age discrimination.

"KMOV management wanted to get rid of an older anchor and his salary," he writes.

See also:
- Larry Conners Says KMOV Paid Him Less Than Vickie Newton Due to Race, Gender
- Larry Conners Talks KMOV-TV Firing, Defends IRS Facebook Post
- Larry Conners, Fired KMOV Anchor, in Talks for New Gig; Judge Denies Request

Conners was famously terminated in May after writing a controversial post on his Channel 4 Facebook page questioning whether the IRS had targeted him in response to an interview he did with President Obama.

Station officials say they dropped him solely because that commentary violated the journalistic standards of the news organization, but Conners is alleging in court that his employers had been looking for an excuse to get rid of him for quite some time, in part because he alleged age discrimination in a past dispute.

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Larry Conners.

Now, he's arguing that a Facebook policy that the station has cited does not even technically exist. His statement says:

On another front, the [National Labor Relations Board] is expected to rule this month on the union claim that the KMOV Facebook "policy" doesn't exist because the policy was never presented for negotiation; so, if it doesn't exist, how can I be fired for violating such a policy?

Regardless, he emphasizes that, in his view, he was wrongfully terminated, noting that he is moving forward with his Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint: "In other words, do you fire a 66 year old news anchor with 38 years in St. Louis for the "facebook policy infraction"? A suspension, a reprimand, anything short of termination were options short of termination ..."

KMOV's president on Friday declined to comment to Daily RFT while the court battle is pending. In the past, he has repeatedly said that the only reason for Conners' termination was the Facebook post.

In his statement, Conners reiterates the argument he made in an interview with us that it's unfair for KMOV to threaten him with a "non-compete clause" in his contract, because he was terminated and did not leave on his own for another local broadcasting job. He also does not have any proprietary information and is not an owner, he notes.

He has repeatedly said he wants to work in local broadcast again.

Conners also says he is confident a judge will rule in his favor: "For another reason, there are some incidents behind the scenes that can play to our advantage, and for obvious reasons, I can not get into details at this time."

He again references "some events behind the scenes regarding KMOV" but says he can't go into detail...at least not for now!

Here's the new statement in full:

LEGAL UPDATE REGARDING KMOV

As you might have read or heard this last week, there was a new development on my effort to be free to work in my chosen career in St. Louis.

We had filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent KMOV from enforcing the non-compete clause in my contract.

Our reasoning is that I was terminated, did not leave on my own for another local broadcasting job. Another issue is that I don't have proprietary information, and I'm not an owner of Belo Broadcasting or KMOV.

Wednesday, the judge rejected the request for the TRO. She wants a full hearing on the evidence September 3.

Some are seeing this as a set-back, and while I appreciate your concern, this is just part of the process.

A thirty day delay at this stage doesn't mean that much one way or the other, and we are confident that the judge will accept our reasoning.

For one, generally, Missouri courts are against non-compete clauses except in some of the cases I cited earlier.

For another reason, there are some incidents behind the scenes that can play to our advantage, and for obvious reasons, I can not get into details at this time.

We also moving forward with my claim of "age discrimination" filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That case examines the underlining reason for my termination. In other words, do you fire a 66 year old news anchor with 38 years in St. Louis for the "facebook policy infraction"? A suspension, a reprimand, anything short of termination were options short of termination ... except KMOV management wanted to get rid of an older anchor and his salary.

On another front, the NLRB is expected to rule this month on the union claim that the KMOV Facebook "policy" doesn't exist because the policy was never presented for negotiation; so, if it doesn't exist, how can I be fired for violating such a policy?

By the way, there's an interesting case involving The Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial page editor fired after a headline critical of President Obama. I've attached it for your reading.

There are several other things I was going to post tonight about some events behind the scenes regarding KMOV management and me, but I'm going to hold off those issues ... for now.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.


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32 comments
smdrpepper
smdrpepper

With all of the bitching and moaning Conners is doing in the public, it makes one wonder what he was doing behind the scenes.  My guess is there was a LOT more to his firing than anything said on FB.  Meanwhile Conners keeps digging his hole deeper, making him unemployable anywhere.

Tina Bergmann
Tina Bergmann

Stop whining Larry. Put your big boy pants on and deal with it.

Matthew Susick
Matthew Susick

Didn't it "go away" because he stopped paying into said plan?

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

My former employer did the same thing. They called it "downsizing."

Barney Rodawald
Barney Rodawald

So has the IRS issued a statement about this or are you all taking what Larry says as the honest to God truth?

Mindy Brown Carney
Mindy Brown Carney

Really? Hmm. If so, I'm gonna guess that there was a reason the plan was canceled. I'll wager there was nothing "inexplicable" about it.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Because there was no tax "fraud" There was a voluntary payment option in place (normal for many taxpayers) that suddenly and inexplicably went away after the interview.

Nick Ferrara
Nick Ferrara

I haven't watched Larry since he announced the words, "Next Up, MASH", at the end of each broadcast, back when he was on KTVI.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He sucked decades ago so no- they didn't get rid of him because of his age.

Derek Polston
Derek Polston

Suxs and I now watch Channel 2 for the news...

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

I'm mildly entertained by his constant bitching.

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

They took advantage of the situation, hope he doesn't have anything else in his closet, lookin like its gonna get messy..

Barney Rodawald
Barney Rodawald

So Doug why did they cancel his plan if they actually did? Now I'm stepping out here that you have more proof that just Larry said so.

Doug Curtis
Doug Curtis

To everyone who thinks he's a tax cheat. He was actually on an IRS payment plan to pay back taxes, until the IRS suddenly canceled this plan. Please educate yourself before rambling.

Kirsten Parriott
Kirsten Parriott

He should just stop wasting his money on lawyers and wait a year like the contract he signed says he should. All this legal crap is gonna take that long anyway I think.

Barney Rodawald
Barney Rodawald

Oh Larry start paying your taxes, follow the rules, and go away. We don't care anymore.

Joanna Franke Kleine
Joanna Franke Kleine

Oh, Larry... kindly STFU. And RFT, kindly stop wasting our time on this.

Mindy Brown Carney
Mindy Brown Carney

Why is it sooo hard for some adults to just admit they screwed up? He played partisan politics in defense of his own alleged tax fraud. Own it and move on, sir.

Lauren M Brace
Lauren M Brace

Geeze. What an ego. Just retire and travel, Larry. Maybe write a blog with all of those opinions you have.

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

Is he ever going to shut up? He and Rush should buy a house together at the LOTO and leave us all the hell alone.

Charlie Cochran
Charlie Cochran

Pay your taxes and go enjoy your retirement wife young wife numer 2. We DONT miss you Larry.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Unctuous twunt, waxing the victim...

Brian Blood
Brian Blood

so tired of this. Move on Larry ! The rest of the world moves on when stuff like this happens to us/them. Acting like a diva, enough

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I thought it was b/c of his comments. does Larry want it both ways?

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Larry should have to door greet at wal-mart like all the other folk his age

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Does your German surname translate as Stupid ?  Or maybe it's Hateful ?  Not sure which one but your picture shows your obvious lack of age and experience that equates into ignoramus. 

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

No tax fraud here youngster.  Educate yourself as to the facts before mouthing off.  Wise UP !

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

He was paying his taxes as per the agreement.  Why not admit you hate Senior Citizens and be done with it ?  Are your parents or grandparents still alive and do you or did you hate them too ?

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

What an appropriate screen name.... PIG !  If your moronic, hate-filled brain allows you to survive life that long, (doubtful) may you experience the same persecution as you are casting at Mr. Conners.  Wise up, stupid ! 

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