WFOR-Channel 4 star anchor Irika Sargent is outtahere after a little more than year at the helm of the CBS-owned station’s South Florida newscast.
Sargent, 35, is Chicago-bound for a similar news-reading gig at WBBM, the CBS station there.
Ever the team player, Sargent — who arrived last summer — said she was asked by station bosses to stay mum on her move.
Sargent arrived from Houston to take over the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside ex-Fox Newser Rick Folbaum. But public records show she never applied for a Florida driver’s license and was merely renting a luxury apartment in downtown Miami.
According to reports in the Windy City, Sargent starts Oct. 19 — a rather rapid turnaround. WBBM is described locally as sinking in the ratings and sees Sargent as a part of its rescue plan.
Elsewhere in Miami TV, ex WPLG-Channel 10 reporter Roger Lohse quit TV altogether to try his luck at real estate.
Lohse, who worked local newsrooms for a total of 20 years, said his contract was up this summer and he chose to try something else.
“I’m using the skills I learned in TV to sell homes,” said Lohse, a Hollywood native.
Singer/actor David Cassidy and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Sue want the federal judge who oversees his bankruptcy to throw out a $1.75 million auction bid for his Lauderdale Beach house.
An attorney for Cassidy, 65, the guitar-playing 1970s heartthrob from The Partridge Family, wrote in her filing to throw out the bid that the house could be worth $3.1 million.
A hearing is scheduled later this month for the Cassidys to argue their case.
According to court records, the bid for the house is nowhere near what he needs to pay his creditors and clear the bankruptcy.
Besides, Cassidy’s expected to tell the court, the couple had a $3 million offer for the property a few months ago, but the Canadian buyer couldn’t come to the auction.
High bidder John Scelfo, a local investor, has said he just wants to flip the house. He’ll be allowed to take possession of the house only if the judge approves.
Southwest Ranches superstar Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, 43, and GF of nine years Lauren Hashian are expecting their first child together.
It’s not the first time crib-side for the star of HBO’s Ballers: Johnson’s family includes 14-year-old daughter Simone from his marriage to his former University of Miami sweetheart, Dany Garcia, and the puppies The Rock just rescued from his pool over Labor Day weekend.
The actor plays a tough guy in films like Furious 7 and Hercules, but he’s a real softie at heart.
“I was so fortunate to have fallen in love once,” Johnson once told People. “To fall in love again? That’s a hard thing to do twice in the position I’m in.”