US weatherman loses cool over viewer complaints during tornado warning broadcast 10 months ago

US weatherman loses cool over viewer complaints during tornado warning broadcast

He did not take it well.

Meteorologist Jamie Simpson was trying to update residents of Dayton, Ohio, about a tornado threat that had descended on the region Monday night, but some viewers at home were not interested at all.

Simpson called viewers "pathetic" on Monday night for complaining on social media when the hit reality show The Bachelorette was interrupted by his news report of tornadoes in central Ohio.

Regular programming was interrupted on channels for coverage of the storm bearing down on Ohio.

"I was just checking social media and we have viewers complaining already - 'just go back to the show,'" Simpson said.

"No, we're not going back to the show folks. This is a dangerous situation, ok.

"Think if this was your neighbourhood? I'm sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that is what we are going to do. Some of you are saying that this is about my ego. Stop, just stop, right now. It's not.

"I'm done with you people, I really am. This is pathetic. This is a dangerous situation here.

"Alright, I'm sorry about that. It just really bothers me that we have people that don't care about other people's safety around here. It's just ridiculous."