[Watch] What Happened to This Sports Reporter Who Paid Tribute to Prince?

Dan Phillips, Prince

[Watch] What Happened to This Sports Reporter Who Paid Tribute to Prince?

Did he do too much here?

Published May 2, 2016

Did one sports reporter take his tribute to Prince too far?

Dan Phillips crammed in as many Prince lyrics into his four-minute sportscast as possible last week... and his Fox 17 station in Nashville wasn't feeling it.

They fired Phillips, as he confirmed on his Facebook account Friday. Damn, bruh.

"First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot," Phillips wrote. "Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today."

Wow. Phillips jumped into the Prince lyrics early into the segment, saying, "So, when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills/ You know the one, Dr. Everything'll Be Alright" off "Let's Go Crazy." 

Seconds later, he was squawking like a bird, saying, "This is what it sounds like When Doves Cry."

He also worked in "Party like it's 1999" and "Purple Rain" into his animated report to tribute the late Prince.

Check it out.

Yes, Phillips might have gotten a little carried away, but to fire the man over working in this tribute into his report? That's just wrong. He might have been blatant with his references, but he did his job and delivered the sports news of the day.

According to Bleacher Report, Phillips had worked for the station for upwards of 10 years, too. That makes this even worse.

We're not surprised that it's a Fox-affiliated station that fired him, though.

We hope another opportunity opens up for Dan.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo from left: WZTV, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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