Fox Weatherman's Future Cloudy After Tell-All Playboy Interview

John Bolaris suspended weatherman PlayboyAn Emmy-winning Philadelphia weatherman with a wild reputation was suspended a few days before Christmas, a Fox spokeswoman announced on Tuesday. John Bolaris had worked as a meteorologist for 24 years, five at Fox 29, but after a romp-turned-wrong in Miami Beach last year, and a steamy interview with Playboy, the network decided it was time to part ways.

In March 2010, Bolaris fell victim to a "Bar Girls" scam in Miami Beach. Two luscious Europeans, who were part of an international crime ring, drugged him in a sushi bar. When Bolaris checked his American Express bill at the end of a two-day blur, he discovered that he had purchased "bottles of champagne every 15 minutes or so," as well as caviar, and a painting at an auction. The total charge was over $43,000.

The FBI later busted the crime ring -- which had scammed nearly 100 men in Miami Beach -- thanks in part to Bolaris' testimony. AmEx allegedly settled Bolaris' tab, and paid him $100,000 in damages.

Being a crime victim isn't a reason for suspension, but how you handle that apparently can be. Bolaris shopped his screenplay-worthy story around to various publications, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Playboy took him up on his offer.

Stormy Relationship At The Station

In the subsequent tell-all interview, in the same issues as Lindsay Lohan's nude pictorial, Bolaris offered some indiscreet admissions. Why had Bolaris agreed to party with the women? "I'm a guy," he said. "There was the thought that I might get laid."

And he added, "I was used to girls in Philly coming on to me aggressively once they found out I was John Bolaris, the TV weatherman."

Once these details hit the mainstream media, Fox 24 and Bolaris, "mutually agreed that it was time to part ways," in the words of a network spokeswoman.

Bolaris had apparently annoyed the higher-ups on other occasions. Several months prior, Bolaris had allegedly argued with management, who didn't want him to interview his friend, disgraced baseball star (bankruptcy, alleged embezzlement and steroid use), Lenny Dykstra, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Bolaris said that he was sick, and went home.

This also wasn't the first time Bolaris has courted controversy. In March 2001 he insisted that a "Breaking News" alert be put up during an episode of "Law and Order," to prepare Philly viewers for the "Storm of the Century." Citizens braced for the worst, but the storm never reached Philadelphia.

But now, it seems, the storm has reached Bolaris. "Listen really want to be back at FOX," Bolaris tweeted on Jan. 4, "bunch of great peeps there, front and behind camera, hopefully it all works out, love your support!"

But Fox shows no signs of relenting. Bolaris has kept tweeting weather updates several times a day. You can take the man out of the weatherman job, it seems, but you can't take the weatherman out of the man.

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Practical Nomad

Sorry John Bolaris, if Charlie Sheen couldn't get his job back, I don't think you've much of a chance! I'd like to know how you finagled 100k out of American Express on actual charges of 43k? If actual charges were 43k and AMEX fully reimbursed you for the fraud, why an additional 57k? I guess now that you're unemployed, that 57k will come in handy, however.

January 16 2012 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what a shame. so he screwed up, made a mistake or two, isn't that what erasers are for ? I'm not perfect, never EVER claimed to be. I'm sure John's not either. Fox is so judgemental & one-sided. I'm just sayin' give the guy a break for cryin out loud-he's an awesome meteorologist & I for one miss him.

January 16 2012 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only thing missing from this guys story is a monkey and an eye tattoo

January 16 2012 at 7:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a real life "Hangover"

January 16 2012 at 7:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this man sounds like so many other people who make it good in life then get stuck on their self not realizing it was the public who put them there and some one else writes their paycheck he is such an *******

January 16 2012 at 6:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

what a jerk, maybe the dems can use him, he's a perfect fit

January 16 2012 at 6:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lois m.major

Yes I remember the storm of the century a lot of people wanted to virtulently string him up for that because they went out and brought snow blowers and nothing happened they were really angry and didn't mind letting fox news no just how they felt.Bolaris is a new yorker nneed I say more?

January 16 2012 at 3:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Interesting how we handle this stuff here in the States...

In Europe, a story like this gets you a political career and very high approval ratings!

January 16 2012 at 12:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to juststeve35's comment

We may came from Europe originally, but we have nothing in common with Europe anylonger!

January 16 2012 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not the brightest bulb in the pack, but probably a lot brighter than most of the tv sportscasters. They spend all day chasing around pro-athletes (who are nothing but overpaid crybabies) and hoping that a crumb will get dropped their way, then gushing about it all in their segment. Who cares? Let the guy back on, but keep him on probation and if he gets more than 80% of his forecasts wrong then you can let him go. The least people should expect is a correct weather forecast at least once a week, right?

January 15 2012 at 10:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mike and Lee

another double standard, this guy gets canned over his comments about why he got taken and the weather man in the morning, named al gets away with making derogitory remarks about the Queen of
England. making fun of her cut backs in maintenance and no new improvements for the next year
due to budget restraints.

January 15 2012 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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