WFOR-CBS4 honchos attempted to go back to the future in tweaking their news anchor lineup, but things didn’t go as planned, station insiders told Gossip Extra!
Earlier this year, GM Adam Levy and News Director Liz Roldan flew to Texas for a double-secret meeting with ex-anchorwoman Angela Rae.
Their goal was to persuade Rae, who quit the business in 2006 after 10 years at CBS4 and became a consumer service consultant, to take over in prime-time for the departing Shannon Hori.
Two sources said Rae was ready to sign on the dotted line but CBS corporate chiefs in New York doused that fire.
Rae didn’t confirm or deny, saying this: “I have known many of the people at WFOR for so many years. I love them dearly.”
Rae would have been paired with fresh new hire Rick Folbaum, who’s arriving from Fox News Channel.
Folbaum, by the way, wants everybody to know he does have “deep roots” in South Florida, contrary to a Gossip Extra! item on his hiring this week. Several of his family members live in Boca Raton.
Carol City hip-hopper Flo Rida was forced to settle a nasty lawsuit brought by a Canadian concert promoter because the singer blew off court-mandated deposition and mediation.
Why didn’t he show up? Blame the Miami Heat.
A federal lawsuit was filed last year in Miami against the singer of Wild Ones by Toronto promoter Spin Artist Agency, claiming that Flo didn’t show up for a six-date tour in the Great White North.
The promoter wanted $200,000 in damages.
The case was crawling its way through South Florida’s justice system when, on June 11, Flo missed his depo, then mediation in a Miami law office.
Didn’t write! Didn’t call!
Worse: Flo dispatched his right-hand man, Lee “Freezy” Prince, to the mediation session, but Prince blew out of the room in the middle of negotiations without giving any explanation.
What else was going on June 11?
That’s the day Miami was playing a pivotal Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs, with the proceedings scheduled dangerously close to tip-off time.
Not amused, Judge Ursula Ungaro used the nuclear option, according to court files: She struck all of Flo’s pleadings from the record, leaving him no leverage to negotiate and no choice but to settle.
Jeffrey Neiman, Spin’s Miami attorney, declined comment. Flo’s people haven’t returned calls for comment.
What a doll
With his manhood and toughness questioned in America after his lukewarm performance in the NBA Finals, Miami Heat center Chris Bosh is getting dissed even in Russia.
Souvenir stores in Moscow have been selling matryoshkas, nesting dolls, depicting five members of the World Champion Heat.
The biggest of the rotund dolls is LeBron James. Dwyane Wade is next. Then comes Ray Allen, with Mario Chalmers fourth.
The tiniest of the matryoshkas, nestled inside Chalmers?
The 6-foot, 11-inch Bosh.
The sets, by the way, come in black road and white home uniforms.