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Non-Reporter Addison Rae Gets Canned from Correspondent Gig

Addison Rae attends the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on May 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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TikToker Addison Rae’s gig as an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) correspondent is seemingly over before it really began.

Last week, the 20-year-old star took to Twitter to announce she would be the UFC’s newest correspondent, saying she was qualified due to the three months she had spent in college doing broadcast journalism — a program she never finished as she dropped out when she became famous for dancing on TikTok.

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She immediately received backlash for the tweet. Many media personalities took issue with it due to the fact that she is unqualified and being handed a job over those who have studied broadcasting for years:

After Twitter’s swift reaction, within hours Rae tweeted that the backlash had gotten her fired from the role:

It’s not the first time Rae has been called out for allegedly taking away opportunities from people who are more qualified or talented. Back in May, she was dragged for a segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she performed eight popular dance trends from TikTok, many of which were choreographed and popularized by Black TikTokers. Numerous Black creators commented on the incident, comparing it to Bring It On and calling out Rae for taking credit. Several also pointed out that not only did she do the dances, but she also taught them to Fallon poorly:

Although her time as a correspondent was short-lived, Rae has other endeavours to look forward to. Aside from dancing on TikTok, it’s likely she’ll continue to pursue a music career after the release of her single “Obsessed.” She also launched a clean beauty line last year.

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