Sports Anchor Allegedly Loses Job Due to Prince Lyrics

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Prince performs on Oct. 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. 

Dan Phillips, a television sports anchor for Nashville’s WZTV Fox-17, says that he was fired from his job after incorporating Prince lyrics into a recent broadcast in honor of the late musician.

Remembering Prince: The Greatest Musical Talent of His Generation

“First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot,” Phillips wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.”

Billboard has reached out to Phillips and WZTV Fox-17 for comment.

Despite Phillips’ Facebook post, a report by The Tennessean says he intends to meet with an attorney before talking further about the situation.

Watch the segment featuring Prince lyrics -- which Phillips captioned with “A little tribute to my favorite musical artist. Enjoy. Or just laugh at the idiot making as many Prince references as he can in four minutes” – below.

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