MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The General Manager of KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minn. is addressing the rumors about one of the station’s anchors being intoxicated on TV.
In a video posted online of the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Dec. 4, Annie Stensrud could be seen struggling to get her words out as she anchored the show.
The video went viral as people from across the country speculated that she was drunk.
The station hadn’t addressed the incident until Friday when General Manager, Dennis Walhstrom talked with WCCO Radio about the incident.
WCCO’s John Williams Interviews KEYC-TV GM Dennis Walhstrom
Walhstrom said that Stensrud had “been sick.” He said she was taking medication and missing a lot of work, but wanted to get back on air. On the day in question, he said she was not drunk, but in fact, had a bad reaction to the medication.
Wahlstrom said social media had a “knee-jerk” reaction to the video. He admits that Stensrud probably should have called out sick that day, but declined to reveal her medical issue.
YouTube: Video Of KEYC-TV 10 P.M. News