If you’ve ever pitched media in New York, then you’re probably familiar with Sue Simmons, who for 32 years has been at the WNBC4 anchor desk with her “Ron Burgundy,” Chuck Scarborough. In an effort to ruin a beautiful spring-like day, the network dropped news yesterday that Simmons’ contract has not been renewed and she’ll be vacating her spot on the 11p.m. broadcast come June.
The big reason for her departure: her $5 million salary. According to the New York Post, the network and its parent company also have a problem with Simmons’ unwillingness to make appearances beyond her anchor duties.
Of course, the Internets wouldn’t let an institution like Sue Simmons disappear without a fight.
A Facebook page has launched and a hashtag, #SaveSueSimmons, is trying to keep the anchorwoman on the air. There’s also a Tumblr, Save Sue Simmons, that has the picture at right, showing the anchors in all their youthful glory. Sigh… we grew up with them.
Simmons’ salary makes her the highest-paid local news anchorwoman in the nation, though it’s worth noting that Scarborough makes nearly the same amount. However, Scarborough does appear on additional newscasts and makes special appearances outside his broadcasts. There are also some feelings behind-the-scenes that Simmons has been “phoning in” her work for a while and she has a reputation for “antics,” the most famous being her 2008 f-bomb caught on camera below.
Whatever. We love you Sue!