AmericasMostWanted.jpg FOX’s “America’s Most Wanted,” based in Bethesda, is in a troubled state of affairs – and not because of the fugitives and outlaw motorcycle gangs they search for, but because of layoffs. As of late, the show has laid off an approximate 30 percent of their staff, including the entire LA-based West Coast Bureau.

Avery Mann, director of publicity based in Bethesda, lost both his deputies, Geri West and Nicole Cates. Mann did not return an e-mail request for comment. Mann’s voice mail says he prefers e-mail requests for comment.

Some 30-year reporters and producers (including West Coast Bureau Chief Van King) are out of work as a result. One staffer (still employed there) called it a “blood bath” while another producer, still employed, says they have no idea how they’re going to get the show on the air each week.

Roughly a dozen on and off-air staffers resigned on their own accord in the last year (including Quinn & Gillespie’s Chris Brown and Fox News/HLN commentator Michelle Sigona).

This latest round of losses adds 20 staffers to the roster.

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