It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. FishbowlNY has learned that Rob Morrison may have anchored his final broadcast at WCBS TV.
We reported yesterday that Morrison was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, CBS Money Watch anchor, at their Darien, Connecticut home.
An insider with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that WCBS management will likely fire the morning co-anchor.
“That’s the consensus but I don’t know it for a fact,” the insider says. “Evidently, he lied to the station about how his face was injured when he called in sick. That alone is a serious offense.”
Separately, Morrison, 44, posted this Facebook message today.
“I’m humbled by the support we’ve received from family, friends, colleagues and viewers. Thank you. I love my wife and my son dearly and am confident this will pass. A great man once told me, ‘Tell the truth and fear nothing.’ I truly believe that.”
A WCBS spokesperson refused to comment on Morrison’s status.
A possible tell-tale sign of WCBS’ decision, this morning Don Dahler filled in opposite Mary Calvi with no mention of Morrison being off.
Morrison, who posted a $100,000 bond, faces three changes, including felony strangulation.
Update: He appeared in Stamford Superior Court today. TVSpy reports Morrison denied the charges saying outside the courtroom, “I did not choke my wife. I have never laid my hands on my wife,” [Morrison] told reporters outside Stamford [Conn.] Superior Court before his arraignment. “I was just as surprised by that particular charge as probably was everyone else whose heard about this story.”
Before Morrison addressed reporters, Judge Kenneth Povodator issued a restraining order requiring the anchor to stay 100 yards away from his wife, except when the couple are at work.