A Top-Paid New York News Anchor Gets The Heave-Ho After 32 Years

Sue Simmons news anchor firedOne of New York City's longest-serving TV news anchors is getting the boot.

After more than three decades, Sue Simmons, who reportedly is the top-paid local news anchorwoman in the country, was told last week that her contract with WNBC won't be renewed when it expires in June, according to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams.

The station said it had been "engaged in ongoing conversations with Sue about her transition from WNBC," according to a statement provided to The New York Times.

"We have tremendous respect and admiration for Sue Simmons," the statement said. "For decades, Sue has been a critical part of New York's longest-tenured anchor team in the city and has more than earned her iconic status."

Simmons, 68, joined the NBC affiliate in 1980 and has hosted newscasts for many years with fellow newsman Chuck Scarborough, who is also 68. Until recently, the pair anchored local newscasts at both 6 and 11 p.m. But Simmons was recently cut from the earlier broadcast, the Post notes.

Scarborough, it appears, will stay on. His contract, which also expires in June, has been picked up for another three years.

Since starting at the station, Simmons has won four Emmy awards, but is perhaps best known to a broader audience as the news anchor who in 2008 dropped the F-bomb on the air after she thought her microphone had been cut off. The incident, which drew millions of views on YouTube, resulted in Simmons issuing an on-air apology to viewers who may have been offended by her salty language.

It was, as Adams writes, "a mistake, sure -- but also very New York."




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tcurtins

Sue Sims is probably the best newsperson I have ever heard or seen. Years' ago, one of my sisters made a comment to me re Sue Sims that I have never forgotten. She said something to the effect that, "That woman has a face that is totally believable and non-threatening." Yeah, that is Sue Sims. You just trust her. Her honesty is clearly reflected in her face, and you have to love and trust her. What a loss to TV news.

October 24 2014 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aretwoseekay

The world is becoming filthier with each day... people today are so foul mouthed and throw that word around so casually regardless where they are or who they're with.
Kids too now talk like stevedores

October 23 2014 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
walk1111

After 32 years, it's time she stepped aside and let some younger lady have the job.

October 23 2014 at 1:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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maryhilden

Yeah, and Chuck Scarborough should also step aside and let some hot young man have his job.

October 24 2014 at 2:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
joe poniewaz

why can't abc dump the whole "VIEW" program. A collaboration of total misfits who are washed up.

October 23 2014 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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prairiecal

Agree 100%. These dizzy Witches with a B don't know the different between shehites and shinola yet they run on an on like they're authorities on everything.

October 23 2014 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
walk1111

The sewer mouth woman should have been fired when she used the F word.

October 23 2014 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
roseann_taddeo

shame about Sue Simmons wont be the same we all make mistakes.
she said she was sorry.

June 19 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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walk1111

Saying "I'm sorry" doesn't absolve her of bad judgement.

October 23 2014 at 1:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jeannenyc

I will not be watching NBC after June. Sue was the best. I like Chuck, but after watching Chuck & Sheba tonight, I could have fallen asleep. Adios NBC

April 12 2012 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arawdog1

she can finally sit and write her memoirs for others to see the inside of news, enjoy retirement in her way.

March 10 2012 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LeeroyFriday13

millions lose their job after long employment including me after 24 years get over it at least you
got a president you will keep your unemployment benefits for years there is just no such
thing as jo for life except for your gov employees who even get a lavish funeral at our expense

March 10 2012 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Urban Commando

Kind of reminds me of Gail and when her cameraman copped a feel from Scary Movie. "It was so tender and juicy..."

March 09 2012 at 6:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grumpy

All about the money! If you want a renewal these days be prepared to take much less than your current contract. Ya think Chuck got a raise? Remember Ch4's terrific sports guy Len Berman? They wanted a major giveback from him on salary....he said no and walked. And he had TALENT.

March 08 2012 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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