Alaska Reporter Who Quit on Live TV: My Mom Was 'Pissed!'

Alaska Reporter Who Resigned on Live TV Speaks Out
Charlo Greene

09/24/2014 AT 11:00 AM EDT

Remember all those viral videos of people quitting their jobs while dancing or as a marching band plays in the background?

Former Anchorage TV reporter Charlo Greene does.

"I used to watch them," says Greene, who became an Internet star herself on Monday after video of her F-bomb-laced resignation during a live TV newscast went viral. "But it never occurred to me back then that I was actually ever going to do it."

But that's exactly what Greene did on a Sunday night, while reporting on marijuana legalization efforts in Alaska for KTVA-TV. At the end of her segment, she revealed that she is the owner of a medical marijuana business, which was featured in the news story.

"Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she told viewers. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice, but, f--- it. I quit."

Millions of people have watched the video of her stunt online, and Greene has become the topic of newscasts around the globe. But one person, it seems, wasn't impressed – her mother, who lives in Nigeria.

"People over there were telling her she should be proud of what I did," says Greene, laughing. "But she was pissed. She gave me a really stern talking-to."

Greene admits that covering her business in a news report was a conflict of interest. But she's not worried that her actions burned any bridges, career-wise.

"I realize there's a likelihood that I may not end up at a job I have my degree in, but this is going to open me up to other opportunities," says Greene, who plans on crusading for pot legalization in the weeks leading up to Alaska's November ballot.

So what tips does she have for anyone out there yearning to leave a job in a blaze of glory? "How do you quit like a boss?" Greene says, laughing. "For starters, make no apologies. Make sure you don't stutter or stumble, and you do it with power and presence. Just go in with confidence. And if you're going to do it, do it big."

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