DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove native Susannah Collins released a statement on her website this week, her first public comments after being fired by Comcast SportsNet following a live-on-air flub.
During April 30's Blackhawks broadcast, Collins mistakenly said the team had a "tremendous amount of sex during the regular season." She intended to say "success," and quickly corrected herself and continued the report with an eye roll.
The clip went viral online and was mentioned by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.
CSN told the Chicago Tribune her firing was "unrelated" to her on-air remarks, and said the flub put a spotlight on her appearances in a series of raunchy comedy videos named "Sports Nutz" uploaded to YouTube between 2009 and 2010.
Collin's statement summarizes the week's events, and states her pride for Chicago.
"As most of you know by now, I had a slip-up last week on the air while covering the Blackhawks playoff series," Collins said in her statement. "As a result of the attention it received, an old web-based sports comedy series I participated in several years ago came to light.
"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. 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.
"It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching. 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."