Gabriella “LeTigress” Durden, a desk host and interviewer for the League of Legends Championship Series, revealed on Twitter that she has decided to take a “mental health break.” This decision came after she received criticism for her monologue before the Week 2 match between Team Solo Mid and 100 Thieves.
She revealed on Twitter that the LCS cast member would not be appearing on the show during Week 3 and that she would return around Week 5.
“I’ve concluded that it’s best for my mental health to take a vacation away from the LCS. I cannot stress enough that this choice was all mine. Take some time for introspection and relaxation before returning to work on Week 4 preparations. “Some of my activities on socials will also return to normal,” LeTigress wrote in her message. “I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The League of Legends Championship Series break for LeTigress will last one week.
Her decision to make the statement comes after she was harassed for several days by TSM and Peter “Doublelift” Peng fans in the wake of her monologue. Fans did not positively react to the LCS broadcast segment that featured LeTigress framing up the TSM vs. 100 Thieves clash as a grudge match between the 100 Thieves bot laner and the company that attempted legal action against him.
In subsequent statements, both LeTigress and the LCS expressed their regret for the broadcast’s content. Doublelift disagreed with the sincerity of the apology and conveyed his disapproval to LeTigress in his response to the remark.
“Apologize to everyone who endured verbal abuse and workplace harassment, then remove the pointless strawman where you still regard yourself as the victim, and this would genuinely resemble an apology,” Doublelift added. “Apologize to everyone who experienced verbal abuse and workplace harassment.”
The section also discussed recent investigations into the behavior of TSM CEO Andy Dinh, as well as how Riot has placed the executive on probation and penalized him for his actions due to the investigations.
After three days, LeTigress announced that she would be leaving the broadcast. Others in the broadcasting industry and the esports community expressed their condolences in response to her statement. Her next appearance on the LCS broadcast will be on February 15, the first day of Week 4 of the league.