Social Media Influencer Addison Rae Now Out Of UFC Reporter Gig

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Why was Addison Rae 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'

“nvm y’all got me fired,” she tweeted a few hours after users complained about her on social media. Reports indicate Rae may not have been an official UFC hire, but instead did merely one interview of a fighter from her hometown as a social media boost.

EARLIER: Social media influencer and upcoming film/TV star Addison Rae’s debut as a red carpet broadcaster is not sitting well with some veterans of the trade.

Proving once again that it’s not what you know, but who you know, Rae’s joking remark about needing only three months of school to land her job as a UFC correspondent has riled some on the Internet

Rae, age 20, posted two photos of herself working as a UFC reporter on Twitter, along with the caption, “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.” The caption is an allusion to her three months studying at Louisiana State University before leaving to focus on influencer activities.

She was a former guest star on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is starring in an upcoming remake of the 1999 comedy She’s All That, reinvented as He’s All That.

Her attempt at humor didn’t sit well with some. See below for details.

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Addison Rae Responds to Backlash After UFC 264 Red Carpet Correspondent Job: ‘Y’all Got Me Fired’

Life&Style Weekly 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

Unbothered. TikTok star Addison Rae sparked backlash after securing a red carpet correspondent job at UFC 264 in Las Vegas — but she responded to the hate on Saturday, July 10.

“[Nevermind,] y’all got me fired,” the 20-year-old retweeted her initial post — two photos of the Louisiana native wearing a green dress while standing in front of a UFC-branded step and repeat with a microphone — with the additional comment. However, the tweet appeared to be sarcastic, as Addison did work the event and was spotted interviewing several stars, including fighter Dustin Poirier.

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

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

Addison came under fire when she announced her new gig via Twitter one day before the event. “I studied broadcast journalism in college for [three] whole months to prepare for this moment,” she tweeted, referencing her three-month stint at Louisiana State University. She quickly left the school to focus full-time on her influencer persona when her TikTok account began gaining popularity.

The light-hearted comment seemingly ignited an immense amount of backlash, specifically centered around the idea that the internet personality was unqualified for a job that others who struggle in broadcasting would feel lucky to have.

“We all know life isn’t fair, but to brag about how unqualified you are is a special level of tone deaf,” one user replied to the post, while another added, “Congrats on the job, but [three] whole months isn’t a flex, it’s an insult to those who spent years in this business and still languish in obscurity.”

The dancer’s career in social media also comes with other perks. She is close pals with Kourtney Kardashian and is regularly seen spending time with the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum. The “Obsessed” singer previously revealed that she met the Poosh founder, 42, through YouTube star and pal David Dobrik in an effort to do something special for Kourt’s eldest son, Mason Disick.

“We surprised Mason because Mason liked my videos on TikTok,” Addison explained during a July 2020 episode of the “Tom Ward Show” podcast. “I kind of just stuck around and we got really close. We started working out together. We did a video on her YouTube of us doing a butt workout and stuff, so that was fun.”

She’s come a long way from the small-town life down south — and she knows it. “Like, I don’t necessarily freak out about a single individual, but I’ll overall look at it and be like, ‘What is my life? Why am I driving to Malibu right now? Where am I?’” Addison previously expressed. “I think it’s just because I am not, you know, from here. So, it’s still crazy to me that I even live in Los Angeles.”

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Twitter users rage at influencer Addison Rae over UFC reporter joke

MARCA.com 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

Worked as a red carpet broadcaster

Rae achieved fame on TikTok and by appearing on 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' and she was given a role as a UFC reporter for this weekend. The fact that others were more qualified enraged many in the industry, especially after Rae bragged about her lack of experience.

"I studied broadcast journalism in college for three whole months to prepare for this moment," she joked on social media.

That promoted some angry responses from others who have worked and studied in the world of journalism for a lot longer than three months.

"Do you know how many people who are more trained and qualified, who have been studying this and putting their whole life savings into college, that you took this away from," read one reply. "I have a friend who studied for six years only to have this shoved in her face. Disgusting."

"I went to Journalism school for two years and interned (unpaid) for another one and a half years after that," said another. "I never got hired on and had to switch careers. Thank you for this info."

"This is such a slap in the face to people who've studied for years and worked their whole lives for an opportunity like this," added another Twitter user. "It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't rub in the fact that she's underqualified and got it anyways."

Rae appeared to take the criticism in her stride, later retweeting a post from Barstool Sports that labelled her as "the most hated UFC commentator ever".

Addison Rae Reacts to Backlash Over UFC Reporter Photo

Entertainment Tonight 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

Rae shared photos of herself holding a UFC microphone at a preliminary event for the UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor match in Las Vegas -- and riled fans up with her caption. 

"I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment," wrote Rae, who was previously enrolled at Louisiana State University but dropped out as her social media presence skyrocketed. 

I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment pic.twitter.com/5Z95OTSVTA

Rae soon became a trending topic on Twitter, as some questioned her qualifications, or accused her of taking a job away from a trained reporter. However, a source told E! News that Rae "did one social activation for UFC where she interviewed Dustin because they're from the same town, Lafayette" and was not an official correspondent. 

Regardless, Rae joked about the backlash on Twitter. "Nvm y’all got me fired," she tweeted the next day. 

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

Rae's time at UFC 264 is just one of several new projects for the TikToker, who released a song, "Obsessed," in March and will star in the upcoming movie He's All That. 

As for whether reality TV is something she'll also pursue, Rae recently told ET, "I don't know. I feel like reality is a tough world to get into, so I'm not rushing into anything, but who knows? Maybe one day."

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Addison Rae says she'll no longer be a UFC red carpet correspondent after facing fan backlash

Daily Mail 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

By Brian Marks For Dailymail.com

Addison Rae made an abrupt about-face on Saturday when she revealed she's been 'fired' from her new job as a red carpet correspondent for UFC.

The 20-year-old TikTok sensation tweeted 'nvm y’all got me fired,' just a day after she announced on Twitter that she had landed the correspondent gig.

The news infuriated several Twitter users, who lambasted her for scoring a journalism job that other people go to school for years to earn.

That was fast: TikTok superstar Addison Rae, 20, revealed Saturday that she'd already lost out on a UFC correspondent gig just a day after announcing it after fans objected on social media

She appeared to confirm the UFC job on Friday on Twitter, when she posted photos of herself in front of a black UFC red carpet banner while wearing a yellowish-green ruched dress.

She beamed ear-to-ear and leaned forward while speaking into a UFC-branded microphone.

'I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,' she gloated in the caption.

Addison first hinted at the new gig when she showed off her svelte figure in a gym mirror selfie on Instagram on Friday.

Uproar: 'I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,' she gloated in the caption

Big news: She appeared to confirm the UFC job later in the day on Twitter, when she posted photos of herself in front of a black UFC red carpet banner

Branded content: Addison first hinted at the new gig when she showed off her svelte figure in a gym mirror selfie on Instagram on Friday while wearing UFC gloves and a gray UFC bodysuit

She had on a gray UFC bodysuit and black fingerless gloves for the mixed martial arts competition. 

'I like being little spoon,' she wrote playfully while kneeling on the red mat.

Another photo showed UFC fighter and commentator Miesha Tate with her legs wrapped around Addison's waist and her arm squeeze tightly around her throat.

Distractify reported last year that Addison had been studying sports broadcasting during her brief stint at Louisiana State University, before she dropped out to focus on her lucrative career as a TikTok influencer.

The condemnation from Twitter users was swift, with many thinking she hadn't earned a correspondent job.

In a bind: Another photo showed UFC fighter and commentator Miesha Tate with her legs wrapped around Addison's waist and her arm squeeze tightly around her throat

'Wow. 3 long months. must have been rough surely you're qualified,' wrote one user sarcastically.

Another person complained that Addison was 'Stealing jobs from those more deserving.'

Others objected more to her tone than a possibly unearned job.

'We all know life isn't fair, but to brag about how unqualified you are is a special level of tone deaf,' tweeted one person.

Another Twitter user wondered, 'How does every influencer have zero self awareness.' 

Not fans: The condemnation from Twitter users was swift, with many thinking she hadn't earned a correspondent job

Wrong person: Some users wrote that she wasn't qualified, while others complained about her stealing jobs from real journalists

Bad look: Others objected more to her tone than an unearned job. 'We all know life isn't fair, but to brag about how unqualified you are is a special level of tone deaf,' tweeted one person

Clueless: Another Twitter user wondered, 'How does every influencer have zero self awareness.'

The friend of Kourtney Kardashian still had some defenders, though.

'Lol people mad at addison as if she really stole a job from someone,' wrote one user. 'Shes obviously there for publicity and if it wasn't her it was gonna be a different celebrity. This is not a new concept.'

Another person though the social media star just couldn't catch a break.

'People tell you to get a real job and then are mad when you get one smh,' they tweeted. 

The controversy appeared to have all been for naught, as Addison simply tweeted, 'nvm ya'll got me fired' on Saturday. 

Nothing to see here: The friend of Kourtney Kardashian still had some defenders, though, with one person writing that the job was always intended for a celebrity and not a professional

Never good enough: Another person though the social media star just couldn't catch a break. 'People tell you to get a real job and then are mad when you get one smh,' they tweeted

And scene: The controversy appeared to have all been for naught, as Addison simply tweeted, 'nvm ya'll got me fired' on Saturday

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Paige Spiranac Reacts To The UFC Reporter Drama

The Spun 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

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Paige Spiranac rushed to the defense of TikTok celebrity Addison Rae on Saturday in the midst of ongoing drama surrounding Rae’s short-lived gig with the UFC.

Rae announced earlier this week she partnered with the UFC to provide coverage for Saturday’s UFC 264 card, highlighted by the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier bout. Dana White’s alleged decision made sense. Rae has over 100 million followers combined on TikTok and Instagram. Her presence alone would probably garner more views for the UFC.

Rae’s gig with the UFC was short lived, though. She made a wrong impression on Twitter when she flaunted her new gig and mentioned she only “studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.” The tone-deaf comment sparked heated exchanges via Twitter, and it may have been the primary reason she allegedly lost her job on Saturday.

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

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

One fan in particular became upset over the fact there’s many more qualified candidates eager to earn the opportunity Rae was given.

Paige Spiranac caught notice of the fan’s tweet and she didn’t like what she saw. The social media celebrity defended Rae and her “hard work.” She also praised the UFC for hiring an individual with such a strong social-media presence.

Don’t discredit all her hard work. UFC is smart to hire someone with millions of followers.

— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) July 10, 2021

If we’re being honest, the UFC’s reported decision to hire Addison Rae was brilliant. But the TikTok star didn’t think things through with her tone-deaf tweet.

UFC 264 begins Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Update: According to a report, the entire Addison Rae-UFC news was a ‘stunt’ for social media.

This was all a stunt, a source with knowledge of the situation tells @FOS. @whoisaddison was never employed by UFC, either in a full-time capacity or as a one-off for #UFC264. pic.twitter.com/sq4rL8pNs1

— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) July 10, 2021

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TikTok influencer Addison Rae implies new role as UFC live reporter, prompting backlash (updated)

Awful Announcing 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

Social media influencer Addison Rae has seen her star rise ever since she showed up on TikTok, becoming one of the app’s breakout stars thanks to her dance videos and other appearances. She currently has over 81 million followers on the app and was named by Forbes as the highest-earning personality on TikTok in 2020.

Along with money, Rae has obviously been looking for ways to leverage the brightly burning fame that comes with social media before it fades. On Twitter, she made it look like one of those ways was working as a live reporter for Saturday’s UFC 264. While no official announcement was made, Rae shared photos of herself on the red carpet while holding a UFC-branded microphone, with the message “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment” (Rae reportedly did attend LSU for a few months).

I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment pic.twitter.com/5Z95OTSVTA

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

The 20-year-old also shared photos and videos of herself in official UFC gear on Instagram. However, as per A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, this was a stunt:

This was all a stunt, a source with knowledge of the situation tells @FOS. @whoisaddison was never employed by UFC, either in a full-time capacity or as a one-off for #UFC264. pic.twitter.com/sq4rL8pNs1

— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) July 10, 2021

It’s still notable the reaction this got.  While if this had been true, it might feel like a real success story for Rae, but the flippant announcement seems to have  hit a raw nerve with many, especially journalism students and working journalists. Many of those who tweeted about it were frustrated with seeing another broadcasting gig taken by someone who might not have the education, experience, or ambition that they have, especially in a marketplace where journalism and broadcasting opportunities already seem scarce.

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

I’ll be vulnerable here. A punch to the gut thinking about the $19,000 salary I accepted in 2019 to get my on-air start in a backwards newsroom and to put my degree to use. It’s not about her new job title (for me at least), it’s about that caption… #NOTalook https://t.co/w0xk1KpFtb

— Kiera Grogan (@Kieracgrogan) July 10, 2021

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

To aspiring journalists devastated/frustrated over this … you will see many who land a “sweet gig” for various reasons – not always deserved. Look away & keep focused on what YOU’RE building – a career. What’s easy won’t last – and what lasts isn’t easy. Keep growing…keep going https://t.co/e1baSgxvmg

— Laura Okmin (@LauraOkmin) July 10, 2021

Career advice for those considering getting a full-time journalism degree: A LOT of jobs in the industry are now being taken over by influencers/celebrities/YouTubers.

It's a reality you need to deal with. https://t.co/Gtl32sQPaY

— Hyunsu Yim (@hyunsuinseoul) July 10, 2021

Addison Rae potentially taking a broadcasting spot from a young kid who worked her entire life for that spot bc she woke up and decided to just be there is my problem here. https://t.co/CAYhB5EzrU

— Grandpa Warpath (@jonesyL4L) July 10, 2021

While many might have assumed that UFC loved the attention that Rae brought with her, good or bad, that was apparently not the case. After the social media backlash, Rae tweeted that she was “fired.”

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

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

There’s probably a discussion to be had here about whether or not Rae got especially dumped on here because she’s a young female influencer while plenty of male athletes transition over to broadcasting roles without receiving similar backlash. But that’s the kind of nuanced conversation that’s best saved for another day. At any rate, this certainly got everyone talking.

[Addison Rae]

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Did Addison Rae get fired from UFC? TikTok star responds to interview backlash

Dexerto 11 July, 2021 - 07:37pm

20-year-old Addison Rae was trending Twitter on July 10 after she posted a couple of images of her holding a microphone in front of the UFC background.

She captioned it: “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,” referring to her brief stint at Louisiana State University studying sports broadcasting before she blew up on TikTok.

I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment pic.twitter.com/5Z95OTSVTA

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

However, many didn’t take kindly to Addison being granted the sought-after position and criticized her for ‘taking jobs’ from other journalists.

“So you’re taking a job from someone who [dedicates] their time and money to get such a job, whereas you get it because of fame,” one Twitter user wrote. Others criticized her for her caption about her short-lived college studies.

Amid the Twitter storm, the TikToker quote tweeted her own tweet with the caption, “nvm y’all got me fired.”

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

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

She also retweeted a Barstool tweet with a picture of her next to the caption, “most hated UFC commentator ever.”

While Addison’s tweets were likely intended as a lighthearted response to the situation, it’s not exactly clear whether she has actually been “fired,” as she didn’t say whether it was just intended to be a one-off appearance, or if she had arranged an ongoing role with the UFC.

Although she received a great deal of backlash, countless fellow creators and fans have tried to counter some of the criticism with support, with many saying that there was nothing wrong with her appearance and that the hate is undeserved.

Both fans and critics alike will now be keeping an eye out for any future work Addison might do with the UFC to find out if she was really fired, but whether she returns to her reporting role or not, she has plenty of other work on the horizon, like her upcoming album.

Social Media Influencer Addison Rae Taken Down By Twitter For UFC Reporter Quip

Deadline 11 July, 2021 - 07:34pm

UPDATE: The short, unhappy career of Addison Rae as a UFC correspondent is apparently over. The social media influencer, who caused a momentary uproar when she tweeted out her apparently minor qualifications, won’t continue.

“nvm y’all got me fired,” she tweeted a few hours after users complained about her on social media. Reports indicate Rae may not have been an official UFC hire, but instead did merely one interview of a fighter from her hometown as a social media boost.

EARLIER: Social media influencer and upcoming film/TV star Addison Rae’s debut as a red carpet broadcaster is not sitting well with some veterans of the trade.

Proving once again that it’s not what you know, but who you know, Rae’s joking remark about needing only three months of school to land her job as a UFC correspondent has riled some on the Internet

Rae, age 20, posted two photos of herself working as a UFC reporter on Twitter, along with the caption, “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.” The caption is an allusion to her three months studying at Louisiana State University before leaving to focus on influencer activities.

She was a former guest star on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and is starring in an upcoming remake of the 1999 comedy She’s All That, reinvented as He’s All That.

Her attempt at humor didn’t sit well with some. See below for details.

I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment pic.twitter.com/5Z95OTSVTA

— Addison Rae (@whoisaddison) July 10, 2021

I studied broadcast journalism in college for 90 years and still can’t work in UFC, this isn’t fair 🙁

— Mohamed Enieb (@its_menieb) July 10, 2021

Stealing jobs from those more deserving, very classy 👍👍

— cryptic incognito (@CrypticNoHoes) July 10, 2021

the AUDACITY.. do you know how many people who are more trained and qualified who have been studying this and putting their WHOLE life savings into college that you took this away from. i have a friend who studied for SIX YEARS only to have thus shoved in her face. disgusting

— 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚕✨ (@okaycasserole) July 10, 2021

some people work really hard for jobs like this. and she gets it because she is famous? this is so unfair, im so sorry to the people that have worked their ASS OFF to get into journalism!

— Romina Brsa (@BrsaRomina) July 10, 2021

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Here's Why Addison Rae's New Job Is Getting A Ton Of Backlash Online

Elite Daily 10 July, 2021 - 02:40pm

Although Rae probably didn’t intend to anger hundreds of Twitter users, her tweet on Friday, July 9, incited a lot of backlash. The post in question showed Rae posing in front of a UFC backdrop with a microphone at what appears to be an official event leading up to the UFC 264 fight featuring Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on Saturday, July 10 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).

It’s unclear what the event was or where it was held, but Rae’s caption certainly sounded like she was hired to report there. “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,” she wrote. It’s not clear if it’s all a joke, but Rae is likely making fun of the fact that she dropped out of Louisiana State University after her TikTok took off so she could pursue social media full time.

Her gig announcement didn’t exactly receive a ton of congratulations on Twitter. Most people weighing in thought it was a bad move for UFC (if she did have a job) since she’s a college drop-out and didn’t spend four years working hard to earn a journalism degree.

Others are pointing out the major differences between Rae and the struggles normal people face when pursuing broadcast journalism:

Some people are also pointing out her probable lack of knowledge concerning UFC:

On the other hand, some tweets say the reality is branding and influencers in other broadcast jobs is inevitable:

And it wouldn’t be Twitter without some great jokes about the ordeal:

After so much backlash, Rae posted a quick update that read, “nvm y’all got me fired,” which means it was a joke, right?

Until Rae says something about whether the gig was real or not, fans can only speculate, but there’s no question people weren’t hype about her broadcast reporting for UFC.

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