How can we channel the energy of the weatherman who wants to save the lives of people who just want to watch ‘The Bachelorette’?
Last night, as severe storms and tornados ripped through Dayton, Ohio, Fox 45 meteorologist Jamie Simpson was doing his job in front of the green screen, alerting viewers to the dangerous areas and the path of the storm. But when he started getting feedback on social media urging the station to go back to screening The Bachelorette, Simpson totally lost it.
And as much as we eagerly watch The Bachelorette, we’re 100 percent here for Jamie on this one, who may well have saved some lives with his miniature outburst of emotion over people caring more about reality TV than insanely dangerous weather.
WATCH: Weatherman @JamieFOX45Now in Dayton, Ohio snapped at viewers complaining on social media about the network's decision to cut into The Bachelorette Monday evening with emergency tornado warning coverage
"I'm done with you people, I really am. This is pathetic" pic.twitter.com/m4nxmoUUkY
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 28, 2019
Simpson is all business at first, rolling through exactly where the severe weather and tornado warnings are located and how long they’re going to last. But then he pauses — and gives everyone the tough love they deserve.
“I’m checking social media,” he says. “We have viewers complaining already, ‘Just go back to the show.’ No, we’re not going back to the show! This is a dangerous situation, OK? Think if this was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job is to keep people safe and that is what we’re going to do.
He stops for a moment, but he’s not done with his well-deserved lecture yet.
“Some people complain this is all about my ego: Stop,” he says. “Okay, just stop right now. I’m done with you people. This is pathetic. This is a dangerous situation here.”
He ends with a pitch perfect sorry-not-sorry line that we are living for right now:
“All right. I’m sorry I did that. It just really bothers me there are people who don’t care about other people’s safety around here.”
The storm ended up killing one person and injuring dozens more, while causing millions in damage to structures across Dayton. At least one large tornado tore through Dayton, causing mass destruction, while other tornadoes were reported throughout the region.
— Meg Shaw (@MegDShaw) May 28, 2019
Basically everyone on earth took Simpson’s side in the aftermath of the storm (and his little outburst). The news station’s social media filled with thank-yous to the very passionate weatherman.
Even the Bachelorette herself chided her viewers for caring more about the show than their own lives, writing, “Thanks Dayton, Ohio, for the love, but be safe. Naders are no joke.”
Lolz too funny, thanks Dayton, Ohio for the love, but be safe. naders are no joke. https://t.co/RdxYOUpx4w
— Hannah Brown (@AlabamaHannah) May 28, 2019
At least one viewer took to Twitter to say that not even her mom could convince her that the storm was serious, but when she saw Simpson lose his cool on television, she knew she should get safe.
My mom told me there was a tornado and I didn’t think it was a big deal, until I saw how emotional the weather man was getting about the Bachelorette and I knew this storm was no joke
— Josie Weaver (@cricketbbyweave) May 28, 2019
And other meteorologists from around the country took Simpson’s side, too.
An incredibly powerful tornado devastated portions of Dayton Ohio tonight yet meteorologists were getting hate messages because they “interrupted” The Bachelorette and hockey.
We don’t care if we “interrupted” “your” show. If it helps save lives, then that’s what matters.
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) May 28, 2019
Sure, we know that the rose ceremony is hard to miss, but you’ll be missing a lot of rose ceremonies if you get murdered by a tornado while you’re trying to watch network television in your living room during a weather emergency. Listen to Jamie: sometimes — just sometimes — the weatherman is more important than your guilt-watches.
As for Jamie Simpson, he had a message to all of the media outlets that want to talk to him about his mini-lecture on the importance of life over television: let me do my job. After all, there is more possible severe weather to come.
To all the National media outlets wanting to talk to me:
We had an EF-3/4 tornado last night, more severe possibly the next three days … let me do my job please.
— Jamie Simpson (@Jamie247Now) May 28, 2019
Jamie, we continue to salute you.