Suspended after saying obese people shouldn't get the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of essential workers, former Twin Cities news anchor Blake McCoy remains off-air at the TV station he works for in the nation's capital.
McCoy, who left KARE 11 in the Twin Cities in 2015 for a job with NBC News, was hired by Washington, D.C. FOX affiliate WTTG in March 2019.
He was suspended two weeks ago after tweeting his annoyance with obese people who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of some essential workers.
"I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine access before all essential workers when most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk. Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese," McCoy tweeted.
The station confirmed to People that McCoy's suspension was related to the tweet, for which he apologized.
McCoy is no longer listed as a "personality" on the TV station's website, and in the past week he apparently deleted all of his social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the latter of which was deleted shortly after a private video was allegedly posted to his Instagram Stories, which he said was done by someone who borrowed his phone.
Multiple attempts by Bring Me The News to get an update from FOX 5 about McCoy's status with the station have not been returned.
McCoy worked at KARE 11 from 2012 to 2015 before leaving for NBC's Los Angeles bureau, ultimately leading to his 2018 opportunity to serve as a fill-in host of "Nightly News" and "Today." He was hired at the D.C. FOX affiliate in March 2019, where he is listed as a weekday anchor of the evening and nightly news.
Obesity is one of the most common underlying health conditions that, depending on the state, will allow for earlier vaccination opportunity. In D.C., people with obesity and a BMI over 30 are eligible now for the vaccine.