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California reporter fired for bizarre live segment where he damaged classic cars

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“Good Day” reporter fired over classic car segment

Reporter Angel Cardenas was fired after jumping on a classic car and almost damaging another during a segment at the Sacramento International Auto Show on Sunday.

Posted by Matthew Keys on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

An on-air reporter with “Good Day Sacramento” is under fire this week — and reportedly out of a job — after he jumped on a vintage car and then damaged the paint job on another antique car at the Sacramento International Auto Show over the weekend.

While on live television, reporter Angel Cardenas hopped onto the trunk of a yellow T-Bird and lounged, telling the camera he’s “going to live on the wild side.” He then asks the anchor in the newsroom to “tell me what you think about this pose, Tina?”

From there, Cardenas steps into another car, also a T-Bird, dinging the neighboring car in the process. “Nobody’s looking,” he said.

After briefly interviewing a Ford representative onsite, he jumps onto the hood of a new 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid on display, before following an off-screen voice’s request to get off the vehicle. He had noted earlier in the segment that with only one auto show staffer onsite, he felt like a “kid in a candy store.”

Outrage was immediate, and not just from the auto show organizers and car collectors. Those watching the show from home voiced complaints too.



“I was watching this segment and couldn’t believe he did that,” wrote one Redditor. “I know car collectors who would have gotten in his face for jumping on their cars. He’s always done unacceptable BS on the show as if he thinks having a microphone is the golden ticket to behaving like an a—hole.”

As Tire Meets Road first reported, the Sacramento International Auto Show immediately voiced a complaint with KMAX-TV — the television station that programs “Good Day Sacramento” — over Cardenas’ behavior. The organization’s Facebook post on the ordeal stated that it had been informed the reporter was fired for his actions, although KMAX declined to verify that fact to SFGATE.

A page on the Good Day Sacramento website tagged with Cardenas’ name appears to have been scrubbed, and the original video of the auto show coverage has also been deleted.

Speaking to the Sacramento Bee, auto show producer Stacey Castle Bascom said that while neither car ended up being damaged, one was privately owned, and officials were “nonetheless outraged.” She reached out to KMAX, and was told “the reporter in question was no longer in their employ.”

KMAX-TV declined to comment on this story.

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGate digital editor. Email: apereira@sfchronicle.com | Twitter: @alyspereira

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