As entertainment reporter Courtney Friel bids farewell today to FOX 11 after six years with the station and sister network, she says her first priority will be some quiet time this weekend at home with husband Carter Evans. Her CBS News spouse is now also infamously known as the journalist who got caught in some very intense and scary Big Bear/Christopher Dorner crossfire.
“I knew when I was moving out to Los Angeles that it was always the plan for me to just finish out the last year of my FNC contract at KTTV,” she tells FishbowlLA via email. “My husband and I really wanted to move back to LA to raise our family, and Roger Ailes was so gracious to allow this to happen.”
“It’s been such an honor to work with KTTV and FOX News Channel for the past six years and I really appreciate all the love, support, and guidance I received,” she adds. “I have a few projects I’ll be working on and look forward to exploring more entertainment opportunities both within television news and other alternative entertainment programming platforms.”
When asked what some of her favorite assignments were for KTTV, Friel points to the glamour of the Oscars and more. “I was lucky to have such glamorous assignments,” she notes. “All the red carpets, country music festivals, four Kentucky Derbys, American Idol and The X Factor. I’ve also been able to interview hundreds of celebrities over the years.”
As far as what she will miss least about KTTV, Friel jokes: “Being mistaken for all the other blondes at FOX!” Ha ha.[Photo provided by Friel]