Applegate announced today that she and her husband, Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay, are expecting a daughter in January via gestational carrier. Her final broadcast will be December 19. In a statement, she said she looks forward “to returning to media in the future.”
“After years of putting my career first, I’ve decided to step back for a moment and enjoy this new role,” Applegate said. “It was a difficult decision to choose to step away from a full-time anchor position but I want to take this time to enjoy being a new mom and focus on the baby.”
Applegate is a former anchor of “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on Fox O&O WNYW. She joined WPIX in October 2010 as the anchor of its 10 p.m. newscast. She now also anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, which was launched in 2011.
“We have enjoyed working with Jodi, she will be greatly missed and we wish her and Michael all the best,” WPIX VP-GM Eric Meyrowitz said in a statement.