Report: ABC Backtracked on Firing Rosie Perez from The View

Variety and other lesser known websites reported that Rosie Perez had left ABC's The View and would not be returning.

FTVLive checked with our sources and they said that the story was not true and Perez would be returning to the show, which indeed is the case.

Now, Variety is trying to say that ABC had planned on firing Perez and they backtracked on the plan after the story was leaked to the magazine.

Variety writes, "At the time, the network wasn’t ready to announce the co-host’s departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs’ thinking, fear of “an Ann Curry situation” — a reference to NBC’s botched firing of the “Today” anchor in 2012 — led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network’s 11 a.m. talk show for now."

Senior ABC executives strongly deny that there was ever a plan to oust Perez.

“These unnamed sources are wrong,” said an ABC spokesperson. “As was always the plan, the amazingly talented Rosie Perez took time off to rehearse for her Broadway play. We’re eagerly looking forward to having her back on February 3rd. Any speculation to the contrary is simply untrue.”

Looks like someone is trying to make an excuse for a wrong story.

Just saying.... 

 

Louisville Station's News Car Involved in Fatal Accident

Louisville Police believe a news vehicle belonging to WHAS was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian Friday night.

in a story on  their website, WHAS confirmed that witnesses told police one of their vehicles was involved in the crash. The station said the vehicle has been impounded, and they are cooperating with the investigation.

Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department, said, "We believe the second vehicle involved is that of a news station, but we are trying to determine what that involvement is. The incident is still under investigation."

58 year old Fontaine Jeffery was hit by multiple vehicles in a crosswalk of a downtown intersection. Police say before she was hit, Jeffery had fallen for unknown reasons while crossing the street.

University Hospital doctors pronounced Jeffery dead at 9:16 P.M. after being struck by two vehicles at the intersection of 2nd St. and Jefferson St. Friday night.

H/T WHAS and WAVE

Savannah Guthrie Lands President and New Contract

NBC's Savannah Guthrie is having a good 2015 so far.

Guthrie has landed the President for his annual Super Bowl sit down interview and she has also landed a contract extension.

Guthrie has inked a 3 year extension to stay on as the Today Show co-anchor a job she took over in June 2012.

Guthrie walked in when Ann Curry was pushed out. Guthrie said that she came in quietly and kept her head down when she was named Curry's replacement. 

"It required a delicate touch," Guthrie told the LA Times. "My own approach was not to go in there with guns blazing, saying, 'Pay attention to me.' It called for someone to come in, put their head down and do the work. I tried to be a credit to the show and not another problem."

Now, Guthrie also gets to interview President Obama before this year's Super Bowl. It has been custom of the President to sit down with a network news Anchor from the network that is broadcasting the game.

Guthrie got the nod and will talk to the President before kickoff. 

 

Man Shoots Himself Outside Fox News Studios (Updated)

A man saying that Fox News ruined his life, went to the network's studios and shot himself in the chest.

The NY Post says that the man, who was not identified, was found just before 9 a.m. sitting slumped outside of the building on Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street, cops and witnesses said.

Police at the scene said that the man apparently shot himself with a small-caliber pistol, which was found on the ground next to him. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, cops said.

Prior to the shooting, the man was heard protesting Fox News, saying that the news channel ruined his life, a source said.

Security guards asked the man to leave and when they turned around to walk back inside, they heard a gunshot, the source said.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, had what appeared to be a suicide note in his pocket, the source added.

Update: The man that shot himself has died, he was a former employee of a Fox station in Texas.

Police say the man was Phillip Perea, 41 years old, of Irving, Texas.

Perea shot himself once in the chest and had no ties to Fox News. Perea had also been handing out fliers, which criticized his employer for having “ended my career,” moments before he shot himself.

Bryant and Katie Back Together for Super Bowl Ad

Former Today Show anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel are teaming up for a BMW Super Bowl ad, and once again they're having trouble understanding fancy new technology.

The ad starts with a famous 1994 clip from Today where the two are faced with the task of trying to tell their viewers how to send an email to NBC and have no clue. 

Cut to present day. The two are seated in BMW's new all-electric car built in a carbon neutral wind-powered factory. As before, they're a bit befuddled by the gizmo.

"And it's built using wind, like from a wind mill?" asks Gumbel.

"Or a fan? Or a turbine? Or a fan...vine?" says Couric.

"What is i3 anyway?" asks Gumbel.

Looks like some things never change.

Here's that now viral clip from 1994:

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Very Sad.....Anchor Announces Retirement and that He's Dying

Longtime WTVD (Raleigh Durham) Anchor Larry Stogner shocked viewers on when he told them he is retiring immediately. 

Sadly it was not a very happy announcement.

Stogner surprised viewers with his plans to retire and what made it sad was he told his fans he is suffering from ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

 Stogner has anchored the 6 p.m. news at WTVD continuously since 1982, making him one of the longest-serving anchors in the nation.

In his goodbye, Stgner said to viewers that many noticed that his speech was getting slower and then told them he has ALS "for which there is no cure."

He said that over the summer he took the ALS ice bucket challenge not knowing at the time that months later he would get the deadly disease.  

The longtime Anchor said he is stepping down immediately to fight ALS and spend time with his wife and family.

He did say that he would return in two weeks to say his final goodbye and chat with his co-workers.

We wish Larry all the best and let's hope we can find a cure to ALS ASAP.