Saturday 17 March 2018

Trump sparks controversy by changing 'legendary' inauguration announcer

Donald Trump Photo: PA
Donald Trump Photo: PA
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

President-elect Donald Trump has replaced the 'legendary' inauguration announcer who voiced the ceremony for the past 11 presidents.

Charles Brotman (89) was notified that he wouldn't be the announcer by email on Thursday, according to the New York Post.

Mr Brotman said he was “heartbroken” by the decision.

“I’ve been doing this for 60 years,” Mr Brotman told WJLA TV in Washington. “… I was destroyed.”

Trump's team have chosen Steve Ray (58) to replace Mr Brotman according to reports.

Mr Ray is a Washington-based freelance announcer who volunteered for Trump's campaign.

“I’m not replacing Charlie. I’m not filling his shoes,” Mr Ray told the New York Post.

“I’m really just the guy who’s next, because Charlie is irreplaceable. He’s an absolute legend.”

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