*Sue Simmons was crushed when she found out her days at NBC New York were over. She commented recently that the transition actually broke her heart.
“It wasn’t all of a sudden,” Simmons revealed. “I had an inkling, because there was a certain length of the contract. But somewhere along the line, there were mixed signals, and I didn’t think that it was going to end, and it did.”
It was probably about that time, Sue being 70 years old.
Sue also told Joy Behar, “I was ready to go. You get yourself geared up. Mama always said, ‘never stay too long at the party.’”
“Everything comes to an end at some point, and this is it for me here at this station,” Simmons said in a brief final statement that made it clear the transition wasn’t her choice, and that some think didn’t give allow her the time to say a proper goodbye.
Watch the station’s tribute to her heart stopping hilarious rejoinder at the end of the piece:
Rallying New Yorkers to keep beloved city icon Sue Simmons on the air. Email favorite Sue memories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Save Sue Simmons, the (unaffiliated with Save Sue) Facebook group. Mission statement:
Sue Simmons is a NYC legend who recently failed to have her contract renewed by NBC-4. She was a pioneer in television journalism and is effortlessly cool. Please like this page if you want to see our delightfully imperfect Sue remain on the airwaves.
*Award winning and #1 ranked anchorwoman for New York’s WNBC Channel 4, Sue Simmons, has been let go from the station.
Last week, the network owned & operated/flagship station informed the 68-year-old faithful newswoman that her contract will not be renewed and she can see her way out the door.
As we said, it’s been over 30 years for Simmons and it’s about time she gives it up right?
Well, not so fast. Her partner anchor Chuck Scarborough is also 68, but the station gave the man three more years.
She was actually told by an insider that this was coming about a year ago, but it was kept on the hush since it didn’t come from the big bosses up at top.
However, some are a bit confused by the whole situation, being that she’s still a top rated anchor and her popularity rating is high. Not to mention she’s pretty classy, minus the “What the f**k are you doing?” on air blunder she apologized for. She’s still a looker and keeps the audience engaged.
Peers and friends are at a loss, looking for a reason for her departure.
Simmons, who grew up in New York, got her start in New Haven, and later worked in Baltimore and as a correspondent and anchorwoman in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1980. She came to Channel 4 in 1980.
Simmons is the highest paid news anchor at a local station the country. At least she is until June, when it’ll all be over.