It's not shocking that the old boys at NBC let ever popular and highly regarded local news anchor Sue Simmons go from the network. If you live outside of NYC, you probably know Sue for her infamous "What the f**k are you doing?" comment while on air four years ago, that resulted in over two million YouTube hits. But that's not why they are letting her go at the same time they are keeping her longtime co-anchor Chuck Scarborough for another three years and breaking up a three-decades-long dream team, a media institution.
The network hasn't given a reason for her firing, but this is broadcast news, after all, and if you ever watched the movie Broadcast News, you would understand that network news and gender sexism goes hand in hand. (Total digression, but did you ever notice that an aging Chuck Scarborough looks an awful lot like actor William Hurt in that movie, who got "promoted" to high ranking news spots based on his looks alone? Is this a coincidence? I think not.)
What's hard to get is that if they are going by looks alone, there's no contest. Sue Simmons looks way younger than Chuck. In fact, Sue looks exactly the same as she did when she started in this biz three decades ago.
Sue Simmons looks a.maz.ing for 68 years old. I actually almost fell to the floor when I read that was her age. Those network execs must be totally blind. Not that looks should matter so much in news, but it does, and Sue is still one hot chick. She's just as spunky and New York as she's always been. On the other hand, Chuck Scarborough, who is obviously still handsome, has definitely assumed the role of dapper grandpa.
No one should worry about Sue Simmons landing on her feet. She is smart, talented, a media powerhouse who could spin this change into a million different directions. But if she decides to hang up the news gig, I would not discourage her from trying something lighter and more fun like writing an anti-aging, beauty secrets book. That's news I would definitely like to know.
Did you miss Sue's famous on-air blunder? It's classic:
Network news people seem to think we only want to watch young and perky people -- does that really matter to you as a viewer?
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