Longtime Lexington TV personality says she got fired for not getting COVID vaccine

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A longtime Lexington television reporter and popular radio host said she was fired from WKYT for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

DeAnn Stephens, who has held a variety of positions at WKYT for 27 years, wrote in a Facebook post Oct. 13 that WKYT, owned by Gray Television, had required staff to get the coronavirus vaccination. Stephens said due to medical issues, her doctor had advised her not to get inoculated.

“Gray required all employees to be vaccinated against COVID. Unfortunately, due to my medical history, my physician has told me I am NOT a candidate for the COVID vaccination. I have explained my medical history and provided my doctor’s records and her opinion to Gray. But sadly Gray has terminated my employment instead.”

Stephens said her decision not to get vaccinated has nothing to do with politics.

“This is not about being for or against vaccinations,” Stephens wrote. “This is about following my doctor’s recommendation to not get it because (of) my past medical history and current medical issues.”

Stephens thanked viewers for their support over the years. Most recently, Stephens hosted a segment called “Out and About” on the CBS television affiliate.

“The highlight of my professional career has been my genuine love for the people of Kentucky! You make my work every day feel like an expression of friendship,” Stephens wrote.

Officials with WKYT did not immediately respond to an email or phone call.

Stephens also cohosts “Officer Don and DeAnn” with Don Evans on 98.1 The Bull from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays. The morning show has won several awards, including a Country Music Association Award.

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