WNBC, Channel 4 is tossing popular anchorwoman Sue Simmons to the curb after 32 years of work.The station delivered the bad news last week, according to the NYPost, which explained that Simmon's contract will end in June 2012.
Simmons has co-anchored with Chuck Scarborough for many years, making the couple one of NY's most popular on screen duos. Though both newscasters are 68 years old, Scarborough's contract will be renewed for 3 years, while Simmons will be cut loose.
Apparently Scarborough reached out the his corporate bosses in Philidelphia, who ignored his requests to reconsider firing Simmons, which was completely their own decision.
She's the best. Talented, sassy, knowledgeable, able and familiar. Only soon she won't be, wrote Cindy Adams for the Post.
Why? Nobody's given us a reason, continued Adams, who was a close friend of Simmons. She looks great. Dresses great. Works great. Her Q rating, which assesses popularity, is great. No reason.
Simmons grew up in Harlem, N.Y. Her father was renowned jazz bassist John Simmons, who played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole. Before working for WNBC, Sue Simmons was on WRC-TV in Washington D.C. from 1969 to 1979 where she co-anchored with Jim Vance.
Check out four of her best onscreen moments with WNBC as we say goodbye to a NY media fixture of over three decades.
Simmons Drops the F-Bomb on Air:
Passing Out On TV:
Her Famous Impression of a Groundhog:
Interviewing Etta James: