It appears my favorite local news anchor, Steve Bartelstein, got the ax for sleeping through a scheduled newsbreak last Thursday during the horrific Bronx house fire coverage. He was in his office at the station, so my first thoughts were, “why didn’t they just wake his ass up?” Without him, there really is no point in getting up to watch the news. Lori Stokes just seems clueless…she never seemed to get any of the jokes & references made by Steve Bartelstein & Bill Evans. They all have great chemistry together, but without Bartelstein on board the news is just the same depressing crap you get on every other channel. The newscast has been #1 in the ratings, and everyone seems to really like him, so why the rash decision on ABC’s part?
Apparently, this incident was just the straw that broke the camel’s back because Bartelstein was a badboy of sorts– arriving late to work, was accused of sexual harassment (i believe the suit was thrown out), and there were rumors of partying. Because of this there was a clause in his most recent contract that stipulated there would be severe consequences for bad behavior. WABC simply took Thursday’s incident as an opportunity to send him packing. I am bummed out about the decision, in fact the incident just makes me like him more! Can’t you totally picture Bartelstein roaming the streets right now like Ron Burgundy? Anyways, like Bartelstein, I’ll be sleeping in through the morning news!
WABC Anchor Snoozes & Loses His Job -NY Daily News