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Rob Morrison Denies Report of ‘Comeback’ Via Tell-All Book

The future of Rob Morrison on New York television, or any other market for that matter, is going to be difficult. But the New York Daily News reports the embroiled former WCBS/Channel 2 anchor may be planning his next move: a tell-all book with hopes of turning it into a TV series.

Not so fast. Morrison tells FishbowlNY exclusively that there is no merit to that claim.

“I have no plans to write a tell-all,” Morrison told us, “and I have no idea where that story came from… I swear to God.”

The Daily News quoted a close friend of Morrison’s as saying, “Rob isn’t the sort of guy that gives in and goes away. He’s a fighter.”

“This is his chance to tell his side of the story firsthand. He’s already started writing,” the friend reportedly said.

Morrison, though, refutes the quote. “Definitely, not a good friend… [giving] that kind of trash,” Morrison said.

In February, Morrison was forced to resign from WCBS morning anchor duties after an alleged incident of domestic violence with his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison.

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Double Pregnancy for WLNY Couch Hosts

If there was ever perfect timing for a pregnancy, this may it! WLNY’s The Couch hosts Carolina Bermudez and Lisa Kerney announced this morning they are both pregnant.

Kerney also does sports reports for sister station WCBS/Channel 2.

It will be Bermudez’s first child, while Kerney has an 18-month-old.

The Couch‘s third member John Elliott hosted a video montage asking for advice from WCBS working moms, including Mary Calvi and Cindy Hsu.

The segment concluded with an emotional moment as sisters of the expectant mothers phoned in.

The good news could not have come at a more opportune time for the station. Last month, morning anchor Rob Morrison was forced to resign after allegedly assaulting his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison.

Will the Real WCBS Morning Anchor ‘Front-Runner’ Please Stand Up?

There is a void in local news, but that is quickly and effortlessly being filled by Chris Wragge. In the wake of Rob Morrison‘s abrupt departure following the wife-beating allegations, Wragge shifted from evenings to mornings. The ugliness didn’t just rock the Morrisons, his former ”family” was hit hard too.

Related: FishbowlNY, Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

We recall the 1994 Robert Redford film, Quiz Show, about the 1950s quiz show scandal. Congress was set to hold subcommittee hearings with former 21 contestant Herb Stempel as the star witness. But the more famous (on and off the show) Charles Van Doren, played by Ralph Fiennes, was not going to participate. Therefore, the young government lawyer (Rob Morrow) cautions Van Doren not to say anything.

A short time later as the committee convenes in DC, NBC president Robert Kintner (Allan Rich) speaks to Van Doren, who since took a self-imposed dive and was hired by the network’s Today show.

Kintner encourages Van Doren to hold a press conference. But the former game show contestant was reluctant because he hadn’t received a subpoena.

Kintner’s line echoed since Morrison’s alleged incident like someone reading a letter to themselves on a soap opera.

“Television is a public trust.”

It’s a main reason for Morrison’s resignation, although indications are high that WCBS management had an influence on his decision. It’s also the reason that following the scandal in the 1950s or today, viewers always want someone they can feel comfortable with. Wragge is that familiar, calming presence.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

2. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

3. A Truly Fantastic New York Times Obituary, February 26

4. Uncertainty Pervades Time Inc. as Meredith Talks Continue, February 22

5. (Poll): Lining Up Possible WCBS Morning Anchor Candidates, February 26

6. Ashley Morrison (above) Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor, February 27

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Ashley Morrison Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor

It’s been 10 days since Rob Morrison was arrested for allegedly choking his wife, CBS Money Watch anchor Ashley Morrison. One week ago, Rob resigned from WCBS as the scandal grew.

Ashley returned to her post yesterday on CBS 2 This Morning, formerly opposite her husband. Now occupied by Chris Wragge on a fill-in basis alongside Mary Calvi.

Last week, Rob took to social media and spoke to other outlets, including FishbowlNY, professing his innocence. Morrison’s attorney, Robert Skovgaard says the couple won’t be granting interviews for the foreseeable future.

“We have no further comment to make regarding Mr. Morrison.  The media need to let the Morrisons handle this personal, family matter privately.”

Rob Morrison faces a felony charge of strangulation. His next appearance in Stamford Superior Court is due on March 26.

(Poll) Lining Up the Possible WCBS Morning Anchor Candidates

It’s only a week since the turmoil and scandal that led to the abrupt resignation of Rob Morrison at WCBS.

But now that Morrison is no longer part of Channel 2, management must start the process of deciding who will sit next to Mary Calvi.

Related: FishbowlNY, Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations

FishbowlNY explores a handful of possibles, and a few less likely, morning anchor candidates. Then you can weigh-in with our poll to select your choice after the jump.

Starting with internal choices: Chris Wragge, the 6 p.m. and WLNY 9 p.m. anchor has already shown his muscle in the morning as a main fill-in. Wragge told FishbowlNY upon his full-time return to WCBS in late 2011 that “I’m just going to do whatever the hell they want me to do.”  If the stint on CBS’ Early Show weekdays and weekdays didn’t solidify your position, just watch him on WLNY at 9 p.m. He strikes that perfect balance between hard news and personality-driven features. His “You Have to See This” is a great example of an anchor blowing off some steam in a good way. Mornings play well into another of Wragge’s strengths–quick banter with on-air talent.

Don Dahler has also been used in mornings since Morrison’s departure. Dahler, who regularly anchors weekends, seems at his best when he solos an evening newscast. He is even more in his element when on the reporter beat. Still, his weekend morning experience and overall talent could be enough to give him the nod, especially if they want Wragge to remain at night.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS, February 19

2. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

3. Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations, February 20

4. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

5. WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife, February 18

6. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments, February 15

 

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Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

With the local media swirling like vultures for the latest morsel in the case against resigned WCBS anchor Rob Morrison, FishbowlNY turns to attorney Paul Callan, who represented former WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones during her scandal last year.

She eventually was fired for falsifying a sexual assault. We spoke to Callan yesterday, hours before Morrison announced his resignation.

Morrison was arrested Sunday on a felonious charge of choking his wife, Ashley Morrison during a fight at their home early Sunday morning. A judge ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from his wife.

“There have been indications that his wife wants to drop the charges, so ultimately this will be a decision by the Connecticut prosecutor as to whether to try to informally resolve the case with a dismissal,” Callan tells FishbowlNY.

That doesn’t automatically mean Morrison will be cleared.

“Prosecutors can serve a subpoena on her. They can force her to testify under oath,” Callan says. “Sometimes the wife is placed in a difficult position as she tries to deny the charge.”

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Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations

Rob Morrison has left WCBS/Channel 2. The morning anchor resigned to spend more time with his family and deal with his legal troubles.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Channel 2,” Morrison tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve had a wonderful 3 1/2 years there.”

By now, you know about his arrest for choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, a CBS MoneyWatch morning anchor.

We spoke to Morrison this morning, a short time before he informed FishbowlNY first of his decision to quit. He maintains his innocence, denying any wrongdoing leading to Sunday’s arrest and his posting a $100,000 bond.

Related: FishbowlNY, Rob Morrison Arrested

Authorities say Ashley had red marks on her neck consistent with the allegation.

“Police can say anything they want. Is there any sort of photographic evidence? There is none,” Morrison says.

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Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS

Morrison’s mug shot/Darien PD

It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. FishbowlNY has learned that Rob Morrison may have anchored his final broadcast at WCBS TV.

We reported yesterday that Morrison was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, CBS Money Watch anchor, at their Darien, Connecticut home.

Related: FishbowlNY, Morrison Arrested

An insider with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that WCBS management will likely fire the morning co-anchor.

“That’s the consensus but I don’t know it for a fact,” the insider says. ”Evidently, he lied to the station about how his face was injured when he called in sick. That alone is a serious offense.”

Separately, Morrison, 44, posted this Facebook message today.

“I’m humbled by the support we’ve received from family, friends, colleagues and viewers. Thank you. I love my wife and my son dearly and am confident this will pass. A great man once told me, ‘Tell the truth and fear nothing.’ I truly believe that.”

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