A Fox 17 sports anchor has allegedly been fired for making Prince references in his broadcast

Dan Phillips announced his exit on Facebook

Fox 17, a Fox News affiliate for Nashville and the surrounding areas, has allegedly fired their sports anchor Dan Phillips for quoting Prince songs throughout his broadcast.

Philips took to Facebook on Friday (29 April) to announce his departure and claimed that it was because “viewers and management” thought he was being “insensitive”.

The anchor accompanied his post with footage of the broadcast in question, during which Philips made references including: “Let’s go crazy, Smashville”, “This is what it sounds like when doves cry” and “It’s the Ducks who are gonna party like it’s 1999”.

On Facebook Philips started by thanking his fans for the “kind words” on what he referred to as a tribute to Prince.

“Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way,” he continued. “They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today. I’m choosing to use this as a catalyst for some exciting things I’ve been working on for some time now. I’ll have many more details on this in coming days. For now, thanks again for all of your support. And if you need an old, washed-up sports guy for anything, please let me know!”

Watch Dan Philips’s Fox 17 broadcast in full below, which he captioned as: “A little tribute to my favorite [sic] musical artist. Enjoy. Or just laugh at the idiot making as many Prince references as he can in four minutes.”

In recent news, Prince’s hundred-album musical vault has been drilled open by estate representatives.

The bank-style vault is said to have been a large room under the property containing shelves of Prince’s music, so much that ABC report that Prince’s estate could put out an album a year for the coming century.

“One day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them,” Prince told The View of his vault back in 2012. “There’s just so many.”

The Bremer Trust have temporary authority over Prince’s estate (he left no will), and it’s not yet clear if or when the release of the music is likely to happen.