Aaron Brilbeck “let go” by News 9…

We’ve learned that Aaron Brilbeck – the beefcakey reporter for KWTV News 9 who achieved international fame due to a cameo in Tiger King – has announced that he’s been “let go” from the Oklahoma City news channel.

As opposed to the standard OKC TV news departures – expired contract, budget cuts, appearing intoxicated during a broadcast, etc. – Brilbeck was apparently fired over the always vague and intriguing “philosophical differences.”

Here’s how he explained the situation on Facebook:

That’s interesting. News 9 is a conservative news organization that uses its chopper to help police profile protestors. Aaron, on the other hand, is a news reporter who rides motorcycles, drinks Muscle Milk, and occasionally masquerades as a volunteer vigilante. Knowing all that, you’d think their news philosophies would be pretty well aligned. My guess is News 9 wanted Brilbeck to, once again, inadvertently reveal who Oklahoma politicians voted for on election day, and he nobly refused. Or maybe it was the other way around. Who knows.

Either way, that sucks for Aaron. Although we had a Twitter spat when he didn’t give us credit on that story about the Oklahoma House candidate who listed a porn receipt on his ethics report, I thought he did a decent job covering the capitol over the last couple of years, and did a hell of a job dodging tear gas and flashbangs with local news commando Storme Jones during their protest coverage back in May and June.

Anyway, I don’t know what Aaron’s plans are, but if it doesn’t involve partnering up with Steve Shaw to create a local private eye firm that investigates and solves local mysteries, he’s doing it wrong. Seriously, wouldn’t that be awesome? They could even spin it into a reality show called “Brillz and Shaw.” Who wouldn’t watch?

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6 Responses

  1. Sad to hear. Aaron has been top notch for covering the State Capitol. Hopefully, he can land the same gig for a news organization that doesn’t focus on “Something Good”.

  2. I’ve never understood what drives perfectly sane people to take perfectly insane jobs. You toil in backwater dumps covering important stories the viewers don’t care about or some trashy story even the National Enquirer wouldn’t bother with. All the while hoping you’ll catch some national networks eye before you get traded to Des Moines or Wichita Falls.

  3. Now that the elections are over with and TV ad revenue will drop for a couple of years, they’ll replace Aaron with some college kid who will work for $10 an hour just to get the experience

    1. I’ve been seeing lots of really young reporters, perhaps interns, passing through 9’s sister station, 6 in Tulsa.

      I guess they work cheap, and it doesn’t take much talent to stand and talk in front of a car wreck.

  4. Being that he’s Ogle Certified as Beefcakey, maybe he and Aaron Tuttle can get together and sell some MLM products or something, like Aaron & Aaron Arbonne or somesuch.

  5. Good thing Aaron got out. Can’t begin to imagine the horror of suckin’ ass in Kelly’s fake news wingnut qanon trumper shithole.

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