TV Bloopers: Sue Simmons edition
If you haven't seen it yet, click above to watch Sue Simmons' big on-air flub, dropping the F bomb during a live news break shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night. It would appear she thought they'd cut to commercial. Her outburst accompanies what seems to be an image that didn't match the news script (it was a cruise ship, during a blip on rising food prices). Then there's dead silence for a few more seconds (hello, control room!)
Yep, she goofed, and she apologized during the 11 p.m. news, and, as inexplicable as this incident is, we hope that's the end of it. The years of viral-video torture that await her seem to be punishment enough.
Sue is, after all, a New York institution, and has been co-anchoring with Chuck Scarborough at 11 p.m. since 1980. We'd hate for WNBC to pull a WCBS and boot her, as Channel 2 did with Arthur Chi'en, who, thinking he was off air, cursed at some hecklers. (He's since landed at WPIX.)
To show our support for Sue, we've put together a little video gallery of Sue classics after the jump.
Sue falls out of her chair while bantering with Brian Williams about good oral hygiene. The spill is at 2:14.
A fire alarm interrupts Sue's delivery.
Here's a Sue tradition Gothamist alerted us to: Her annual groundhog imitation.
Nothing too weird here, except watching Chuck and Sue on May 1, 1980.
The 6 p.m. news begin, with Chuck and Sue at the desk. Check out the pipes of Don Pardo handling the outro from Live at 5. Aside from his "Saturday Night Live" work, Pardo was a staff announcer for NBC and WNBC for decades.
Jack Cafferty and Sue Simmons are introduced by Don Pardo, with a report on a 1983 subway derailment in Inwood.
Frank Field (Storm's dad) delivers the weather, with an amused Jack Cafferty and Sue Simmons off camera.
And a cool Live at Five promo from 1981 ...