“We discussed several options, but we simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it all work,” KCTV general manager Bobby Totsch said. “I’m certain her career as a meteorologist is far from over, it may just be on hold for a bit.”
Horner’s tenure as meteorologist has not been without controversy. In 2007, viewers in the Kansas City area launched a website attacking Horner, FireKatie.com. The website calls for a boycott of the station over Horner’s “antics and needless interruptions during primetime.” After recent reports surfaced that she was leaving KCTV, fans also created a “Save Katie Horner” page on Facebook.
Horner said her goal as a meteorologist has always been the safety of her viewers. “I believe all meteorologists play a role in keeping people feeling safe in severe weather conditions, and I know we have made that a focus at KCTV over the years,” she said.