According to the Seattle Times, the doctored footage aired on Q13, Seattle’s local Fox affiliate, and featured a stretched and distorted Trump, his skin an even more brilliant hue of orange, periodically rolling an oversized tongue around his lips like a Jabba the Hutt cosplayer.
It’s not clear when, exactly, the clip aired on Q13—it seems unlikely that the staffer was tweaking the footage live, so it probably aired during recaps after the fact—but one thing is abundantly clear: It is funny as all hell.
Unfortunately, the unnamed video editor’s bosses at Q13 weren’t exactly thrilled with the gag. In a statement issued Wednesday, Q13’s news director, Erica Hill, said that the goofy-ass clip “does not meet our editorial standards” and began looking into how the thing actually made it on the air. “We regret if it is seen as portraying the President in a negative light,” Hill said.
After a little sleuthing, Hill and her team tracked down the guy responsible for the prank and gave him the boot. “We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated,” she said in a statement to the Seattle Times on Thursday.