Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Well, here's a shock.
Ferret-like Philadelphia news anchor Larry Mendte, one half of the long-running comedy team of Mendte and Lane, was canned Monday from his main anchor job at KYW, CBS 3. The move comes as the other half of the team -- cop-punching, bikini-pic mailing, foul-mouthed, hot-but-stupid ex-anchor Alycia Lane -- files a lawsuit against KYW and its CBS overlords, charging them with invading her privacy and trashing her, uh, good name. Mendte garners a hefty portion of Lane's substantial wrath; she claims he went through her private e-mails and leaked what he found to gossip columnists -- an accusation which brought the feds down hard on Mendte, as rifling through someone else's computer is a federal offense. Reportedly, keystroke-logging software was discovered on one of the CBS 3 computers, though whether the hard drive in question was Lane's or the software was put there by Mendte is unknown.
Mendte's sacking means that CBS 3 has fired its entire main anchor team over a period of six months.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the people bringing you your local news.
(The Philadelphia Inquirer: CBS 3 Fires Mendte/8.24.08)
(Philly.com: Alycia Tells Her Side/6.20.08)