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Want to dramatically quit your job? Here are some of the best on-air resignations.

You may fantasize about quitting your job in four-alarm diva style – desk-toppling, door-slamming, a scathing retort spat at your boss – but if you’re not a broadcast news personality, you’ll never achieve the most emotionally satisfying kind of exit.

Only on live TV can you guarantee that your righteous tantrum will be seen by thousands — or perhaps millions should you happen to go viral, as an Anchorage reporter did Monday morning.

Charlo Greene of KTVA-TV did a report Sunday night on a medical marijuana business known as the Alaska Cannabis Club, reports the Dispatch News – and only at the end divulged that she is the owner of said business and that she would be leaving television to devote herself to the cause of marijuana legalization.

“And as for this job,” she added, “Well, not that I have a choice but, [expletive] it, I quit.”

(Warning: Language)

(It should be noted that this is completely against the rules of journalism – not just the off-script curse word, but the reporting-on-her-own-business-venture part, as well as the failure to disclose her connection up front.)

Yet Greene’s outburst fits within a fine tradition of TV news meltdowns – many seeming to take their cue from the fictional Howard Beale, the ranting anchorman of “Network” for which Peter Finch won an Oscar.

There was the “Russia Today” anchor Liz Wahl, who said “Personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin.”

Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio at the local ABC station in Bangor, Maine. They were vague about their reasons, citing some “recent developments” — but later said they were unhappy with management.

Ann Curry broke down in tears after being forced out of the “Today” show, an unforgettably awkward live TV moment.

On the radio side, Jacksonville deejay Gregg Stepp found out he was going to be fired, so he took matters into his own hands and “gave the big middle finger to upper management.”