As in the dead of night -- or at least the dead of early summer, when everyone else is paying attention to the historic Supreme Court decision or Ann Curry's ouster at “Today" -- WNYW/5 today announced a huge shake-up that spells the departure of Ernie Anastos at 10 and the return of Dave Price -- erstwhile weatherman -- to “Good Day, New York.”
The punch line: Greg Kelly moves to 10. Ernie remains as co-host of “Fox 5 News” at 5 p.m. Kelly also becomes anchor at 6.
A huge win for Kelly - who only last winter had to battle sexual assault accusations, which the District Attorney determined were basless - and a huge loss for Anastos, one of New York's truly legendary anchors.
Price was, as you know, the weatherman from '99 to '03 here where he made quite the splash -- built a following, got feelers about even launching his own syndicated show, and then, just like that, headed over to CBS where he became a fixture at the last iteration of “CBS this Morning." (He also came close, or so he claimed, to replacing the retiring Bob Barker on “The Price is Right.")
"It's great to come home,” he said of the move, effective Monday.
He added: “The chance to rejoin Fox 5 and be a part of the ‘Good Day New York’ family again was one I couldn't pass up. I've been friends with Rosanna [Scotto] forever and to be honest -- it's tough to get a table at Fresco -- so this will help a lot. I can't wait to start the day with our viewers and provide all the news and information they need and maybe a few smiles and laughs each morning, too. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm raring to go.”
[A spokeswoman, by the way, denied that today's shakeup was technically a "shakeup," insofar as Anastos will continue to anchor at 5, and per the earlier press release, also noted that "numerous 'Positively Ernie' specials" will air later this year. So noted.]
Fox 5's Greg Kelly in an undated photo.