News reporter fired, apologises after drunk tirade

A news reporter from Philadelphia has apologised after launching a drunken tirade at a police officer and security guard.

In the rant, Colleen Campbell can be heard calling the officer a "f*****g piece of sh**" and telling him she worked at a "f******g news station motherf****r", after being kicked out of a comedy club on Sunday night.

She's since lost her job, and in a statement, said her recollections of the night were "hazy".

"Based on my on-air reporting career and my bartending jobs, I know my limits when it comes to drinking and I know to stay out of the limelight," she said.

"My actions on that video are not the result of a handful of drinks spaced out over a couple of hours. I believe I may have been unknowingly drugged at some point that night."

Ms Campbell said she was "ashamed and embarrassed" by her actions, calling them "profane, inappropriate and offensive".

"I would like to apologise to the Philadelphia police officer who bore the brunt of my outburst, the entire Philadelphia Police Department for their patience, my former employers and co-workers whom I have let down, and my fellow patrons at Helium Comedy Club whose night out I might have disrupted."

The outburst, caught on video, lasted more than five minutes before Ms Campbell was taken away by police.

She can be seen pushing and shoving the police officer and security guard, before trying to spit on the guard.

Ms Campbell said she's trying to reach the officer in the video in order to apologise to him in person.

She's since deleted her social media accounts after the footage began circulating and a family spokesperson said she's received "thousands" of threatening messages and calls.