The season finale of Mr. Robot has been postponed by USA, due to this morning’s tragic slaying of a Virginia news reporter and photographer on live television.
“The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time,” said the network in a statement.
WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were conducting a routine interview at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, Virgina Wednesday morning when, without warning, the two and their interviewee were shot by Vester L. Flanagan II, a former employee of the station.
Both Parker and Ward died from their injuries at the scene, while their interviewee, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was rushed to the hospital for surgery after being shot in the back. Gardner is now in stable condition.
The gunman later went on to post a video of himself shooting the trio over his social media accounts and was pursued by the police, which ended in Flanagan shooting himself and later dying of the injuries at a hospital.
The Mr. Robot season finale will now air Wednesday, September 2 at 10 PM on USA.
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