KEYC Mankato anchor Annie Stensrud breaks silence on her "drunk broadcast" [VIDEO]

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Annie Stensrud begins her fateful broadcast.
The Internet has been tittering all week over a broadcast from a CBS-Fox affiliate in Mankato.

In the opener, reporter Annie Stensrud noticabely slurs her way through several stories, missing cues and stumbling through the usual on-air banter with a fellow reporter.

Since bumbling anchors are always an instant Internet sensation, it should come as no surprise that the clip went viral. Stensrud has been called out for being drunk on the air by everyone from Huffington Post to the Daily Mail in the UK. She even made for the entire set up for David Letterman's top ten list last night, "Top Ten Signs Your Local News Team Is Drunk."

Now, Stensrud is offering an explanation.

Stensrud will (would have?) celebrated her one year anniversary as the station's weekend anchor next month.

In the video, she is trying to open the weekend broadcast with news on the weather and a short piece on a new medical center in New Ulm. Things go off the rails pretty quickly. Watch:

After the disasterous three minute segment was cut off, Stensrud did not appear for the rest of the broadcast, or for the customary wrap-up.

Last night, Stensrud offered the following non-explanation on the station's website:

"My performance last Sunday night was terrible, and for that, I apologize. I've been sick for some time and taking medication, and have missed a lot of work lately. I'm on my way to feeling better and hope to be back at full strength soon. I appreciate everyone's understanding and even more so, their support."

Presumably, then, it was the meds making her talk all funny-like.

The station itself has released a brief statement as well, though it provides few clues as to their own judgment of the situation, or about Stensrud's fate:

"Sunday night's uncharacteristic newscast on KEYC Mankato can hardly be considered private. Nonetheless, in our judgment, the matter represents a personnel issue to be resolved internally." Dennis M. Wahlstrom, Vice President and General Manager, KEYC

That's not exactly a ringing note of endorsement for Stensrud.

Well, it would be droll to sign-off on those sawdust-dry reactions from the station, so here's Letterman's top ten list from last night. We'd argue the original footage is still the funniest part:

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Jm
Jm

Haha

livinluvlee
livinluvlee

I don't see anything "funny" about it. I think it is pathetic that the media, and humans in general, find laughter and entertainment in one of who could be their neighbor, friend, sister, mother, daughter or co-worker's anguish and pain. Where is the concern, or compassion, for this young woman? 

John S
John S

Enough already with the pile-on of Annie Stensrud. She's the weekend anchor/reporter at the CBS/FOX affiliate in MANKATO, MINNESOTA. What lofty perch do you wish to knock her off? While DUI is no joke I'm sure anyone over 40, with career aspirations, wakes up on day and realizes that they've only made it to Mankato and feels the same way.

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Some Guy
Some Guy

This wasn't nearly as entertaining as I'd hoped.

Nana  Wu
Nana Wu

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Nana  Wu
Nana Wu

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obbop
obbop

An illegal alien will perform the task twice as drunk for 1/50th the pay.

Vote Republican....or Democrat.

Doesn't matter.

All are politician lackey figureheads for our ruling masters and corporate US.

Just remember to OBEY!!!

Always obey!!!!

It IS your patriotic duty.

Love it or leave it.

novenator
novenator

There is a publication on the front range of Colorado called the Modern Drunkard that actively encourages their employees to get shithouse drunk AT WORK.  http://www.drunkard.com/

Dream job!

Polio pony
Polio pony

Oh yeah, and the same amount were watching Letterman. I can't believe people still watch this crap.

Polio pony
Polio pony

It's Mankato. 11 people were watching.

Anonymous
Anonymous

KEYC is a CBS affiliate, not FOX.

E K
E K

The City Pages has to tie everything negative to Fox.  It fits their worldview.

Guest
Guest

keyc is both cbs and fox, they dual broadcast on 2 seperate channels. People need to think before posting.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

too much nyquil will do that to you.

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