She posted a reflection titled "Confessions Of A Red Headed Reporter" detailing her escapades going "bra-less during a live broadcast," her "ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinnier in front of the camera than I actually am" and her occasional "naps in the news car." Three days later, Allen says, her employer, ABC affiliate WAAY-TV, terminated her "without cause."
The Huntsville Times/al.com reported that the blog post was originally published on Tuesday July 23rd. According to Mediaite, Allen briefly took the post down, but reposted it on the 26th under the headline "No Apologies: Confessions Of A Red Headed Reporter," writing:
This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for. To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It's funny, satirical and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn't fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche.
Here's the thing, I've vowed to always fight for the right of free expression. It's allowed, no matter what the profession. I pride myself in having earned the respect of many because I make no apologies for the truth and hold nothing back. I don't fight for things because they serve me, I fight for them because they are right. Sources trust me because I am an unadulterated version of the truth. I won't ever bend just because its popular to do so and I'm not bending now.
After her termination, Allen told The Huntsville Times/al.com that she isn't pleased with the national attention her post -- and her alleged bra-lessness -- have received. "I do not want to be a joke," Allen said. "I am a journalist through and through. I believe in what I do. I believe that as a journalist, I should be a watchdog. I should be a protector of people's rights."
The exact reasons she was fired still remain a mystery. Gawker reported that it may not have been her candid writing that caused the termination. Sources told the blog that Allen had other strikes against her, including a 2012 arrest, and allegedly cursing and using racial slurs on-air.
However, two of her colleagues opened up to to The Blaze anonymously, speaking highly of Shea's work ethic. “She was one of the only reporters at my station that I would consider trustworthy get the story 100 percent accurate and to actually do the work,” said one co-worker.
To Allen's credit, she's taking the media circus surrounding her situation in stride. "Guess I can cross 'become a ridiculous Internet sensation at the mercy of speculation & nonsense' off my #BucketList," she tweeted on Tuesday.
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