Addison Rae responds to backlash over UFC gig: 'Y'all got me fired'

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Why did Addison Rae get fired from UFC?

Addison Rae may be retiring her reporter's notebook — for now, at least. The influencer said she got “fired” after sports fans took issue with her recent gig conducting a red carpet interview for UFC — and her quip that she “studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.” Page SixAddison Rae responds to backlash over UFC gig: 'Y'all got me fired'

July 11, 2021 | 1:06pm

nvm y’all got me fired https://t.co/kHFFvHuSaM

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

Addison Rae may be retiring her reporter’s notebook — for now, at least.

The influencer said she got “fired” after sports fans took issue with her recent gig conducting a red carpet interview for UFC — and her quip that she “studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.”

“nvm y’all got me fired,” she tweeted hours after users on social media accused the TikToker of taking a job from a more qualified applicant.

Rae — who covered a preliminary event for Saturday’s big UFC 264, where Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor — found support in many followers, including one who tweeted, “noooooo addison you truly deserved your spot with all the hard work you put in the haters truly don’t want you to succeed please come back you did a great job.”

Another added, “Cancel culture is so bad. SAD! The haters and losers will never prevail.”

Still, plenty felt a wrong had been righted, believing those who’ve studied to be reporters should have dibs on such opportunities.

@addisonre interviews Dustin Poirier before his fight against Conor McGregor at #UFC264 @ufc #ufc

“Not to pile on, but you got you fired,” tweeted one observer. “The hard flex of ‘3 whole months’ is what did it. Had you said something generic like ‘dreams really do come true’ you’d have gained a ton of good will. I’m sure you will land on your feet. Good luck.”

But the star reportedly never had a long-term gig with UFC and therefore wasn’t actually “fired,” according to E! News.

“She did one social activation for UFC where she interviewed Dustin because they’re from the same town, Lafayette,” a source with knowledge of the situation told the site. “She’s not, nor was she ever, a correspondent. … There were never any plans for her to have any further official responsibilities.”

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Sports Media World Reacts To The Addison Rae News

The Spun 10 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

What's trending in the sports world today.

TikTok star Addison Rae is under fire this weekend due to her latest career move. On Friday, she announced that she was partnering up with UFC for its upcoming pay-per-view.

Rae posted a photo of her holding a microphone on Twitter and wrote “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.”

As you’d expect, the sports world is pretty furious with that remark from Rae. Whether or not she intended to offend people, the reality is her caption was tone-deaf.

Over the past 12 hours, several people in the sports media industry have criticized Rae for her comment. Some even questioned why she’s allowed to be a UFC reporter this weekend.

“Imagine spending four years in college plus unpaid internships plus reporter/producer/editor/photog jobs that pay next to nothing to even have the SHOT at a better job …and all it takes for Addison Rae is TikTok and three months of college to be ahead of you,” Steve Benko of KDKA tweeted.

Imagine spending four years in college plus unpaid internships plus reporter/producer/editor/photog jobs that pay next to nothing to even have the SHOT at a better job

…and all it takes for Addison Rae is TikTok and three months of college to be ahead of you. https://t.co/U01hx6tgGT

— Steve Benko (@SteveBenko) July 10, 2021

It’s no secret why Rae was even in consideration for this gig. She has a massive following on social media and could potentially drive more viewers to the UFC.

That being said, Rae will continue to face criticism over her post on Twitter.

“Getting jobs because you’re a famous influencer is a part of life but this caption is condescending and lame,” Molly Morrison of SB Nation’s Grizzly Bear Blues wrote.

getting jobs because you’re a famous influencer is a part of life but this caption is condescending and lame https://t.co/mUwlntonnt

— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) July 10, 2021

“Just imagining everyone who went to school for this and applied getting the call that Addison Rae got the job that’s so sickening,” a UFC said.

just imagining everyone who went to school for this and applied getting the call that addison rae got the job that’s so sickening https://t.co/UZjRGifyjV

— michael (@EEJC15) July 10, 2021

Rae certainly made the right choice pursuing a career as a social media influencer. It’s opened the door for several amazing opportunities, like creating her own music and acting in a movie.

While it’s easy to see why UFC fans are upset with the company’s decision to hire Rae as a reporter, the company clearly knew what is was doing when it made that move.

UFC 264 hasn’t even started yet and everyone is already talking about the sport. That alone is a major win for the brand.

Chris is a writer at The Spun.

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