ROANOKE -- A WSLS-TV meteorologist was fired because his nude photo was posted on the popular website MySpace.
The NBC affiliate dismissed Jamey Singleton on Thursday after the photo appeared on MySpace.com.
The station's interim general manager, Shane Moreland, said in a statement that Singleton broke the morals clause of his contract, which stipulates that he must not be involved in anything deemed "offensive or out of line with community standards."
"What shocks and what offends -- that's really up to them," Singleton, 28, told The Roanoke Times. "I can't blame them if . . . after everything that's happened, they said, 'That's the straw that broke the camel's back.'"
According to Singleton, the picture was taken as a joke a few months ago at a friend's home, where he was getting ready for work.
After going through treatment for heroin addiction he stopped hanging out with some friends, including the one who posted the photo on MySpace on Tuesday, Singleton said. When Singleton heard about the picture, he notified MySpace and the picture was removed within an hour.
However, the photo was e-mailed to several of Singleton's co-workers and to Moreland, Singleton said.
WSLS is owned by Media General Inc., which also owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch.