Popular New York weatherman Erick Adame is speaking out after he was fired for appearing on an adult webcam site.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, September 20, Adame, 36, confirmed he was fired from Spectrum NY1, where he had worked since 2007, after videos of him leaked to the public.
“Despite being a public figure and being on television in the nation’s largest market in front of millions of people five days a week for over a decade and a half, I secretly appeared on a website adult webcam,” Adame said.
“On this site, I acted out my compulsive behaviors, at home, performing on camera for other men. It was 100% consensual on both sides.
Adame added that he was not paid for his appearances and that it was “absurd of me to think I could keep this private”.
He then apologized to Spectrum, his colleagues, viewers and his family for “any embarrassment or humiliation”.
Adame said he is seeking professional help to make appropriate decisions that do not affect those he cares about, and his career, moving forward.
“But let me be clear on one thing: I make no apologies for being openly gay or being HIV-positive,” he said. “These are gifts and I have no shame in them.”
Adame still remains hopeful that the scandal won’t prevent him from returning to the airwaves.
He ended his post by addressing CIOs and potential future bosses across the country who might be reluctant to hire him.
“Please judge me on the hundreds, thousands of hours of television I’m so proud of and my employers have always praised me for, not the few minutes of salacious video that’s probably soon to come. define myself in our ‘click-bait’ culture,” he said.
A spokesperson for Adame told Deadline that Adame is unlikely to be invited back to NY1, although he has already received at least one job offer from another station, which he refused.
Adame has filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against webcam parent company Unit 4 Media Ltd., hoping to identify the person who leaked the material to his employer and mother.
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