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Susannah Collins apologizes for ‘offensive’ past

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Updated: May 7, 2013 12:45PM

Former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter Susannah Collins made a statement Tuesday about her recent departure.

Collins and CSN parted ways last week after an on-air slip led to more intense scrutiny of her background, which revealed some racy videos she had produced in the past.

Collins posted this statement to a web site:

“As most of you know by now, I had a slip-up last week on the air while covering the Blackhawks playoff series. As a result of the attention it received, an old web-based sports comedy series I participated in several years ago came to light. The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive. I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry. To be clear, that show in no way reflects my personal opinions.

“It has always been my dream to cover my hometown teams on the network I loved watching. I have worked tirelessly to develop my skills as a sports reporter, anchor and host, and I want to thank the city of Chicago for allowing me that opportunity. The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago. Always.”

Collins was hired in 2012 and replaced Sarah Kustok when she left for the YES Network in New York.

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