Steve Bartelstein, a veteran anchor in major markets like New York and Chicago, has been suddenly released from his contract after 10 months at WBBM.
Bartelstein’s last day on the Chicago CBS O&O was Friday, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. His bio was removed from the station’s website over the weekend after his final morning broadcast with co-anchor Susan Carlson on Friday.
Bartelstein’s departure from WBBM is the latest in a long string of dramatic exits from different stations. In 2007, he was fired from New York’s WABC after sleeping through a newscast he was slated to anchor.
Six months later, he landed at WCBS in New York. While at WCBS, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and continued as a weekend anchor throughout his treatment and recovery. He abruptly quit in 2009 after claiming that WCBS accidentally mailed his paycheck, which he needed to pay his medical expenses, to his home, instead of leaving it at the station for him to pick up as he normally did.