I used to do an imitation of him all the time when I would cook something up. In fact, I do an imitaion of him in one of my video reviews:
My Vernon impression starts at 1:40
I don't know why, but there was something about how he would end those cooking segments that just cracked me up. I kind of lost track of the station when we started getting more and more cable channels in our area. So I never paid much attention to the station or Vernon Roger in a long time, I still did the imitation of him, but never knew what had happened to him.
Random WAFB clip that features Vernon
So a few days ago I did a little search to see what Vernon was up to, and what I found was a very sad tale. Now, I'm sure people living in Baton Rouge know this tale well and it was probably a big story in the city at the time. But for people that live outside Baton Rouge (like me), you might have never heard this tale before.
From what I gather, it seemed like Vernon Roger had a great life. He was married to the weather woman (Diane Deaton) on the same station that he worked. It must have been a great setup, Vernon did the news and his wife did the weather. From all accounts, it seemed like the two had a great social life, they attended church, they went to all type of events in Baton Rouge together, Vernon liked to cook for his friends and colleagues. There was only a slight problem, Vernon liked his alcohol a little too much. From what I read, Vernon was kind a shy guy and maybe that's why he liked his alcohol so much, maybe it helped him open up in public or something.
More Random WAFB footage, Vernon at the end
Vernon's life started going downhill fast in the year 2000, he got pulled over numerous times while drinking and was finally charged with A DUI. This got him suspended from WAFB and he entered an alcohol treatment program and returned to the airwaves soon. But this was just the beginning of his downfall. It seemed that straight laced, church attending Vernon had a little fetish that his weatherwoman wife couldn't please. Vernon Roger liked to pretend that he was a baby and wear diapers and then crap and piss in them and got off on women cleaning him up afterwards. Probably nobody would have known about this fetish or even cared about it, but Vernon got busted with prostitutes and got caught red handed by police wearing the diapers full of crap in the bust.
Vernon got fired from WAFB and soon after his wife divorced him, instead of moving to another town and try to get a fresh start, Vernon stayed in Baton Rouge and opened a catering business. This business it seems tanked, I mean, who would want someone catering your event who was busted wearing a diaper full of crap and piss. Feeling the shame and humiliation Vernon probably figured that there was no way he would be able to keep on and in June 2002, Vernon committed suicide by hanging himself.
It's really a sad story. If Vernon would have moved or even "hung" in there (no pun intended), things would have cleared up for him. Nowadays people forgive and forget, he would have found a job somewhere else. With his passion for cajun cooking, if the scandal wouldn't have hit, I'm sure his business would have been very successful. He shouldn't have gave up on life, but he did, and we will never get to see him give the ole taste test to his latest dish again.