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LeVar Burton: ‘You didn’t come to New York without sitting down with Sue Simmons’

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Another accomplishment beloved broadcaster Sue Simmons can add to her resume? Being indirectly responsible for getting LeVar Burton his hosting gig at Reading Rainbow. In our latest Media Beat  interview, the actor and founder of RRKidz said that, although he’d already done some public TV hosting in Boston, it wasn’t until he came through New York that his career took off.

“I was on my way to Africa, and [Reading Rainbow producers] saw me on a Live at Five interview with Sue Simmons — you didn’t come to New York without sitting down with Sue Simmons on Live at Five — and they saw me, and they tracked me down before I left town and talked to me about the show. They pitched the idea and I thought, ‘This is a no-brainer.’ A half an hour of television in the summer to get the attention of kids where they are, where they’re hanging out, and bring them back to literature? I’m in.”

Part 2: LeVar Burton: By not focusing on reading, “We’re sacrificing our kids”
Part 3: LeVar Burton on How Science Fiction Influences Technology

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Sue Simmons Admits To Drinking On The Job


Sue Simmons on on LX New York with fellow guest Andy Cohen, discussing her former drinking days

Sue Simmons, the WNBC-4 anchor who gained infamy for using the F-bomb on live television almost two years before Jenny Slate, confessed last week on WNBC’s new show LX New York that in the 80′s it wasn’t unusual for her to show up to work a little bit tipsy. According to Simmons, “…that stopped in the mid ’80s, late ’80s, because I looked in the mirror before — when I was about ready to go on the air — and my eyes were red.”

When the video of Simmons cursing on air surfaced in the spring of 2008, The New York Post was quick to jump on the theory that Simmons might still be boozing behind her desk. The Post culled its interviewees from employees of the restaurants where Simmons frequented before the show, where they remarked (anonymously, of course) that Simmons wasn’t shy about her drinking habits before heading off to work at Channel 4.

That would seem to go against Simmons’ current statement that she hasn’t had a drink before work for years, and unfortunately this belated confession with alleged evidence to the contrary serves to strengthen what was originally just a gossip-based Post piece.

Full video of Simmons’ on-air swearing and apology after the jump. NSFW language, obviously.

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