Many TV production studios have had to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that doesn’t mean viewers have to miss out on their favorite shows and news broadcasts. Many celebrities are broadcasting from the comfort of their homes during the lockdown from famous musicians’ home concerts to John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” YouTube show. Jeff Lyons, the Chief Meteorologist for Indiana’s 14 First Alert set up a green screen in his living room so that he could continue to give the weather forecast from his home. He generally films alone but his cat, Betty made an appearance on screen recently.
Betty, a 10-year-old girl, made her cinematic debut in early April after becoming intrigued by Lyons’ home studio. While he reported on the weather. Lyons took her up and cradled her in his arms. Betty is now a regular co-presenter with her banner displaying her title, “Betty the Weather Cat,” thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response from Lyons’ fans.
Betty isn’t always easy to convince to behave (after all, she’s a cat), so Lyons has to entice her with ham. Lyons claims in a recent broadcast “Two hams on the screen and a little ham on my fingers made it work…at least for a while,” “Why do I feel like I’m doing tricks for the cat rather than the other way around?”
Lyons just began using a “Betty the Weather Cat tracker,” which allows him to keep track of who is viewing his reports from around the world. His internet audience has risen so considerably when Betty joined him on TV that one report stated that 220,000 individuals tuned in for a single broadcast! Some of the viewers are from Europe and Australia demonstrating how well-known Betty has become. She’s so well-known that she now has her own Instagram account. Lyons on the other hand is concerned that her newfound celebrity will become too much for her to handle. he explains “Of course, she’s 10 years old, so can be a little crabby when I put her out of her comfort zone…but then again, aren’t we all?”
Watch Betty the Weather Cat clips below and keep up with Lyons on Facebook for more weather updates.
Meteorologist Jeff Lyons welcomed a furry visitor on air while presenting the weather forecast from his home: his cat, Betty.
Betty is now a frequent co-host and has tens of thousands of followers all around the world.
Lyons and Betty ended up performing a live Facebook Q&A.
She now has her own Instagram account!
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