ABC News Anchor Cecilia Vega, who has been at the network for 10 years, says she’s now considering a job at Fox News, which has been criticized for Trump-bashing and coverage of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
Vega, 60, who is a frequent contributor to Fox News’s primetime shows, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Sunday that she was let go from her job after being caught on camera calling President Donald Trump a racist.
“I was told by a co-worker that it was very strange that I would be fired from the Fox News Channel after that,” Vega said.
“My colleagues and I had no idea about it.
They told me, ‘Oh, she’s just upset.
She doesn’t know anything.'”
In a tweet posted Monday, Vega called the decision to fire her a “massive blow” to her career and family.
She added that she’s “devastated” by the decision and is “considering my options.”
Fox News is not the first news organization to fire a female news anchor.
The network fired former New York Times reporter Margaret Sullivan in May after she tweeted a video of herself with a gun, saying she was going to shoot someone and that she wasn’t afraid.
“You’ve got to know when to quit and when to stay,” Sullivan told CNN at the time.
The former CNN anchor has since become an outspoken advocate for women in journalism.
“We need to have an affirmative dialogue,” she said in January.
“As a woman, it’s been very, very difficult to get to the place that I want to be.”
CNN’s Erin Burnett said she was “shocked” when she heard about Vega’s termination.
“Cecilia Vega’s been at ABC News for ten years, and I’m sad to say that she has been fired,” she tweeted.
“She was an indispensable asset, and we thank her for her service.
I think it’s time for her to go.”
Vega, however, defended her decision to quit her job.
“It’s very unfortunate that Cecilia was fired, and she’s absolutely right in saying that she made a mistake,” Vega told ABC.
“The job was not a position that she enjoyed and she made the decision not to take it.”
ABC News has not yet commented on Vega’s firing.