It is indeed over -- the longest run in New York TV history, as the other half of an anchor team that is so much a part of our collective viewing experience here that it is simply referred to as "Chuck n' Sue." Sue Simmons will leave the station at some point this summer, and probably by June before the Summer Olympics begin, NBC has finally confirmed.
Industry sources say Simmons has signed a series of short-term deals in recent years, and that there was an expectation for many months that this would be the last of them. However, Chuck Scarborough did just sign a new two-year deal. Cindy Adams first broke this this morning, by the way. . .
It's widely expected in New York TV circles that 5 p.m. anchor Shiba Russell will replace Simmons at 11...(Chuck n' Shiba? Meh.) Per one TV exec, Russell even has a contractual clause guaranteeing her role as Ch.4's Next Sue.
What's the timing here? The Olympics: NBC wants to use them to establish a new anchor team, and to get viewers used to Russell -- assuming she does take the reigns.
Ch. 4, by the way, has been caught completely with its pants down on this one: Adams pretty much shamed them this morning, only finally releasing a statement a little while ago: "We have tremendous respect and admiration for Sue Simmons. 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. We have been engaged in ongoing conversations with Sue about her transition from WNBC and will continue to work with her on plans to celebrate her many contributions to WNBC and the New York market..”
Meanwhile, Chuck n' Sue in happier times, like . . . last month (they just celebrated their 32nd)