There are broadcasting legends, and there is Sue Simmons. FishbowlNY caught up with the iconic anchorwoman for a rare one-on-one interview, as she was being named a Black Media Legend at the Plaza Hotel Friday.
Simmons left WNBC in June after more than three decades at the anchor desk. Three months earlier, word broke on what many considered an unthinkable story—Simmons would not get a contract extension.
“I already knew my contract was up and I got threatened with suspension,” Simmons says. “I didn’t say a word until after I left.”
Once Simmons’ future status was published it caused her nothing but angst.
“The last several months from March to June was pretty much a nightmare for me,” Simmons admits. “Because after you’ve worked with your teams and your friends for that long it’s very difficult to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to be anymore.”
Simmons adds that there was no bitterness as she began the “farewell tour” at WNBC.
“How would you complain about 32 years at one job, in television, in New York City, and being part of the longest running anchor team in New York’s history?”