WNBC Dumps Anchor Sue Simmons Over $5M Salary, 'Antics'
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32-year-run on the air to end this June.
Legendary black news anchor Sue Simmons will not have her contract renewed by WNBC/Channel 4 in New York.
Simmons, who has been an anchor for the 5 p.m. (was taken off this newscast in January) and 11 p.m. news for 32 years with her co-anchor Chuck Scarborough, will exit the network in June when her contract is up.
According to the New York Post, the reason for her departure has to do with her reported 'antics' and $5 million dollar contract.
“It is a lot of money, and many people have been under the impression that Sue had been phoning it in for a while,” a station source revealed.
Simmons, who is 68, held the title with Scarborough of the longest standing anchor pair in the city. They won Emmy's and the best anchor award from the NY Daily News in 2003.
When speaking about her antics, many turn back to her 2008 'F-bomb' incident, when she said the curse word on air. She apologized 30 minutes later for her error.
This is one of the reasons the news station said Simmons became non chalant in relation to delivering her lines.
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Her direct managers also complained to higher-ups that if they cut her, they could save other jobs.
They also claim she wasn't willing to make appearances like her co-anchor Scarborough.
The New York Association of Black Journalists released a statement concerning Simmons' firing.
"We wish Ms. Simmons the best as she transitions to the next chapter of her career and vow to support her in any way we can."
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