Jason Disharoon's final day at KARE 11 was Sunday and the meteorologist took the opportunity to thank viewers after spending the past year at the Twin Cities NBC affiliate.
"I wanted to say thank you Minnesota and western Wisconsin for the wonderful year I've had in this absolutely amazing region. From exploring the area when I first arrived to ice skating, ice fishing, Vikings game, and all the amazing friends I made, it's a year I'll never forget," said Disharoon, who posted his final segment on his Facebook page.
Disharoon is the second meteorologist to depart KARE 11 in the past 10 days. On Friday, May 1, the TV station announced the unexpected firing of Sven Sundgaard, alleging "continued violations" of "news ethics."
Disharoon thanked Sundgaard and other KARE 11 meteorologists, with the station showing a brief photo of Disharoon and Sundgaard together.
"Belinda [Jensen], Sven [Sundgaard] and Laura [Betker] were a delight to work with and helped me to become a better meteorologist. These are skills I'm going to use for the rest of my career," Disharoon said.
KARE 11 has not elaborated on Sundgaard's firing, nor has the TV station said who will replace Disharoon on the Friday night and weekend newscasts.
Disharoon made his final words about others, taking his opportunity to say farewell to raise awareness for mental health awareness.
"If you're feeling depressed, down, worthless, just know this: you're not alone. Please reach out to a loved one, or a friend, or to one of the numbers on the screen beside me," he said, referencing the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line: Text "SEIZE" to 741741
"It's not a sign of weakness to reach out. On the contrary, it's a huge sign of strength," he said.
"Thank you for letting me into your homes these past 12 months, and I promise I'll see y'all at the State Fair."