Susannah Collins, the former Comcast SportsNet reporter terminated last week after an on-air flub brought increased attention to a years-old Internet series, apologized Tuesday and expressed gratitude for the support she's received from fans.
"It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching," she wrote in a post to her website. "I have worked tirelessly to develop my skills as a sports reporter, anchor and host, and I want to thank the city of Chicago for allowing me that opportunity. The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago. Always."
Collins was terminated last Thursday, two days after saying on the air that the Chicago Blackhawks had a "tremendous amount of sex during the regular season." She intended to say "success" and immediately corrected herself, but the flub went viral on the Internet.
That attention shed light on work she'd done in 2009 and 2010 for the web-based series Sports Nutz. In her statement, Collins acknowledged that some of the content contained within that show was "off-color and offensive."
In a statement announcing her termination, Comcast SportsNet officials cited "circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks," presumably referring to the Sports Nutz series.
"The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive," Collins wrote. "I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry. To be clear, that show in no way reflects my personal opinions."