Local Reporter Fired for Hopping on Car During Auto Show Broadcast

Angel Cardenas was fired from Sacramento’s KMAX-TV for living “on the wild side,” as he put it

A correspondent for KMAX-TV in Sacramento, California, was fired for jumping on a car and declaring he wanted to “live on the wild side” during a broadcast from the Sacramento International Auto Show.

Angel Cardenas, whose Sunday stunt was brought to wider attention when “Good Day Sacramento” viewer Adam Copeland posted it to Facebook, said he felt like a “kid in a candy store” surrounded by vintage cars.

“No one is out here to tell me which car I can’t go in because some of these are off limits so I’m just going to live on the wild side,” he said. “Tell me: what you think about this pose here?”

Cardenas then hopped onto a vehicle and posed, his shoes touching the exterior.

There is no remaining video of the incident on the CBS affiliate’s website, though a search for “International Auto Show” does bring up a thumbnail and description for a segment featuring Cardenas that is no longer accessible through its link.

Copeland, the viewer whose recording of the moment went viral, wrote in his caption, “I had to record this and share. If you own one of these t birds thats out at the car show you might want to give it a good once over. Ive never seen such a disregard for someone else’s vehicle. And keep watching it gets worse.”

He added some hashtags: #someonegettingfired #someonegettingsued #boundariesbroboundaries

The Sacramento International Auto Show posted a statement to Facebook Monday, saying, “After the Producer of the Sacramento International Auto Show reached out to the General Manager of KMAX TV regarding yesterday’s astonishingly awful incident, she received a call this morning from the GM that the reporter from the Good Day Sacramento segment has been terminated immediately and the station expressed their sincerest apologies for the incident.”

KMAX-TV did not immediately return a request for comment, but Cardenas does not appear on the list of “Good Day” talent on the site.

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