Bárbara Bermudo went to work on Thursday like any other day since 2002, when she started hosting 'Primer Impacto'. 1
The Puerto Rican journalist was reportedly ordered to go to Human Resources and was given the pink slip. According to a report from L.A. newspaper La Opinión, the whole team was shocked. It was two months before her contract was up for negotiations.
Rumor is it could be for personal reasons. 2
There are rumors that Bermudo was ousted due to the tension between her and Daniel Coronell, the president of Univision News, who was also in charge when her husband Mario Andrés Moreno was let go from Univision Miami in May 2015.
While there has been a big wave of layoffs at Univision, Bermudo's departure comes as a shock. 3
She is one of the most beloved TV personalities among Spanish speaking viewers in the country. Her husband also fueled the version of a personal vendetta with his caption for this photo on Instagram:
Thank you for the huge love towards my wife, which make me feel very proud of her and of her extraordinary talent, that no one can overshadow. The truth will come to light soon and the enemy will be unmasked. In the meantime, thank you from the bottom of my heart. #GodIsGoodAllTheTime
While we know her as a TV personality, she's a serious journalist. 5
Bermudo is an alumni of American University in Washington, DC. She always dreamed of being a journalist.
She started working as a journalist in CBS Telenoticias. 6
When the network disappeared, she moved to Univision Miami in 1999, channel 23, where her career blossomed. While working there, she met her husband and father of her three daughters.
In 2002, Bermudo became one of the hosts of Univision's iconic 'Primer Impacto' news show. 7
She replaced María Celeste Arrarás on the show and shared the screen with Myrka Dellanos until 2004. After that, she was the only constant host in a parade of talent, which included Fernando del Rincón, Carmen Dominicci and Ilia Calderón.
Pamela Silva Conde became her co host and friend in 2011. 8
And according to sources at Univision, she will host the show alone for now. The network has fired over 200 people in the last few weeks, so itprobably won't hurry to find a substitute for Bermudo.
We wish her all the luck in the world!