TV anchorman Josh Benson is said to be exploring his legal options after he was canned by WFOR-CBS4.
Benson was called back for a meeting with the station’s honchos as he drove home from his morning newscasts Friday, and later told to clean up his desk after he refused to resign quietly.
The official line is that Benson, who was lured away from an Orlando station a year ago, was streaming CBS4 newscasts on his tech-geek website without permission.
“WFOR has terminated the employment of Josh Benson for his operation of a personal website that streamed the station’s newscasts without the knowledge and consent of the station,” station officials said in a statement.
The website joshbenson.com, where hobbyist web guru Benson posted mainly about technology and the Internet, was taken down. Benson couldn’t be reached for a comment.
But the sense in the newsroom is that there’s more to the firing.
“They were looking for an excuse to fire him and they found one,” said a newsroom source who asked not to be named. “He’s a nice guy but he can rub people the wrong way.”
Easy on the eyes and light on hard-news judgment, Benson was a get for the station’s morning newscasts, where he was paired with Rhiannon Ally.
Within weeks of his arrival, they formed one of the area’s highest-rated morning crews.
“We are very excited to introduce Josh Benson to our viewers,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said when he was first hired. “His on-air presence, energy, and journalism skills will make him a great addition to our morning team.”
On Friday, she fired Benson — who told colleagues as he was escorted out: “It’s not over.”
The newsroom source said Benson has contacted lawyers for an assessment of his chances in a suit against the station.
There’s a new character in Miami Heat superstar LeBron James’ entourage, and he’s said to be hooking up with James’ mom!
If you believe the dozens of Instagram photos and tweets posted by self-described rapper Lambo over the past six months, then there’s little doubt he is the 44-year-old Gloria James’ current squeeze.
Lambo is 31, which makes him just three years older than King James — and potentially LeBron’s stepdad.
While no one seems to know his real name, Lambo is known in South Florida celebrity circles as a “harmless hanger-on” with no visible means of support but a nice personality.
“I can’t say I ever heard him sing or rap,” said Miami music producer Cainon Lamb. “I was introduced to him a few months ago by Flo Rida. He seemed pretty cool.”
Lambo, meanwhile, also seems to be enamored with LeBron: Lambo’s selfies with the ballplayer’s first NBA championship ring, MVP trophies, and two boys are currently trending online.
We told you last month that after TV talker Rosie O’Donnell sold her Star Island house, she signed a contract to buy actress Olivia Newton-John’s house in Palm Beach County.
Well, O’Donnell just walked away from the $5.5 million contract.
The contractor who renovated the house committed suicide on the property during the inspection process, and it was too much for Rosie to bear. Through a publicist, she called it “a tragedy.”
Here’s where it gets weird: A source close to Newton-John said she tried a last-ditch effort to salvage the sale. She had a priest flown into town and had him perform a spiritual cleansing of the house to cast out the suicide victim’s soul in the presence of O’Donnell’s trusted staffer and the widow.