A Chicago female television anchor has angered parents after saying there was no Santa Claus during a live broadcast on Fox in Chicago.
Fox anchor Robin Robinson told her co-anchor that parents should mitigate Christmas present expectations by telling their children that there is no such thing as a Santa Claus.
Stop trying to convince your kids that Santa is Santa, Robinson said on-air on Tuesday night. That's why they have these high expectations. They know you can't afford it, so what do they do? Just ask some man in a red suit. There is no Santa.
Robinson would go on to say that as soon as children are capable of talking that they should eb told that there is no Santa. The response to her comments was swift, as parents immediately took to the station's Facebook page and ripped on Robinson for potentially ruining Christmas for children around the world.
One comment, initially cited by Gawker, told Robinson to stop taking the joy out of Christmas for our children and let them BELIEVE. Another told Robinson that she should know better than to talk about Christmas because children could have been watching the 9 p.m. program.
The intense response to her initial comments forced her to take to the airwaves and issue a public apology on Wednesday night. Robinson advised parents that the content might be unsuitable for children in order to not further ruin it.
It was careless and callous to say...what I said, in what could've been mixed company, Robinson said. So many kids don't get to be children, that for those who do get to live the wonder and magic of Christmas, I would never spoil it intentionally. So I sincerely apologize.
At the end of her apology segment, her co-anchor demanded that she watch and report back on a Twilight Zone Christmas episode, Polar Express, and Miracle on 34th Street.