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Ch. 5 anchor Greg Kelly returns to the air

And he's back. WNYW/5 and "Good Day New York" anchor Greg Kelly returned to the air a few minutes ago with a smile and morning anchor nonchalance that pretty much belied everything he's gone through the past two weeks -- an accusation of rape followed by a Manhattan DA investigation that did not lead to charges.

 "So you're back," his co-anchor Rosanna Scotto, said, turning to him with a big smile of her own, after both introduced a couple of top-of-the-hour stories.

"Folks," he said, "thank you. This has been a tough couple of weeks, obviously for a lot of people. I'm very very grateful for all the support I got here, at Fox 5, to family, friends, and the viewers, just great people watching this show and who weighed in through social media, all positive. It's great to be back and I'm especially grateful to this lady sitting next to me. You ready to get back to work?"

"I'm so ready," said Scotto.

And that was that: A bizarre, dramatic episode involving the son of the city's top cop thus comes to an end -- almost as if nothing had ever happened. WNYW/5 acknowledged yesterday that Kelly's statement would be brief -- indeed it was -- and that he would not address the accusations or the accuser -- and indeed he did not.

It is truly back to business for the 43-year-old ex-Marine and Fox anchor since 2008. He took a leave of absence from the show after allegations surfaced late last month that a woman he met on a street in lower Manhattan last October told police that after drinks they had both gone to her office where she said he assaulted her, and that she had been too drunk to consent to sex. Kelly has denied the allegations. Prosecutors said Tuesday that they hadn't found cause to charge Kelly with a crime.

Tags: greg kelly , wnyw/5 , raymond kelly , rosanna scotto

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