Hearne: Scribe Reaches Out to Ousted KCTV Anchor Kelly Jones

Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 10.13.47 AMMaybe now she’ll date the Scribe

I don’t watch much local television news. Never did really…

I’ve spent far more time reporting on and writing about local TV news personalities than basking in their tube time.

Stories that ranged from a major news anchor who a Kansas City Police Chief told me was arrested in Westport for flashing a two girls – the matter was dropped after the women opted not to press charges, the chief said – to trying to track down whether Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton hit on former, smoking hot Channel 4 anchor Kelly Minton.

Neither of those stories made it into my column, despite there being plenty of evidence to support  both.

Which brings us to KCTV’s Kelly Jones.

Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 9.37.27 AMThe big TV News news today being that Jones – the KCTV newsie that Craig Glazer declared  the hottest in the land – appears to have been jettisoned by Channel 5.

So how big a deal was Jones on the local TV news landscape?

Obviously not that big or she’d still probably be there and/or everybody wouldn’t be so hush-hush about it. However, she did win the Pitch “Best Local TV News Personality” award last year – how many times have I told you guys those “awards” don’t mean diddly? – and got a schmooze for eating at Waffle House (go figure) just days ago from Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt.

Glazer’s reaction to word of Jone’s abrupt demise?

What? You gotta be kidding! Wow. I’m stunned. I mean, Kelly’s got the most national presence,  her beauty, her eye contact and her commitment. She’s very dedicated.

“I mean, she would email me and want to know about the comedians instead of just showing up. And obviously she is by far the best looking female personality in the local media. Her name came up constantly on sports radio as the dream date. Everybody wanted to go out with her.”

Speaking of which…

A GLAZE(1)Glazer actually did.

Would he still be willing to date Jones?

“Oh yeah. I just felt like after we’d gone out a couple of times that she’s very committed to her children and trying to entrench herself into the Kansas City public.”

Glazer thinks Jones will land on her feet, possibly in St. Louis or another market. However, if she needed something short term to keep the wolf away from the door…

“I don’t know if we could afford her,” he says. “Maybe in marketing or management, but she’d certainly be someone I’d like to work with.”

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25 Responses to Hearne: Scribe Reaches Out to Ousted KCTV Anchor Kelly Jones

  1. the dude says:

    You go Hearne, thanks for teh galzer quote. Now where is the Star axe grind and you would be batting 1.000.

  2. CG says:

    I believe from what I’ve been told by other media, the show was going to be dropped, Jones was an anchor and highly paid vs. most on air people with KCTV 5. So it may have been more a matter of dollars than anything else. She is a sweet person and I hope she gets a great gig. She will be fine.

    Kelly was a morning newsperson moved to the talk show is what I meant.

  3. Danimal says:

    . . . and Lisa Holbrook has great legs in that picture

    • the dude says:

      Someone shoop in a nice big kielbasa on her hand and post it up please.
      That photo is begging for a kielbasa shoop like harlinator does a good public flogging.

  4. jon says:

    Hate to burst your bubble but the Jones firing story broke Monday afternoon and was reported on gatewaycityradio.com and bottomlinecom.com on Tuesday.
    The Star finally ran it this morning.

    • admin says:

      No bubbles burst. You might notice we had a slightly different take. And do you have any idea how few people read bottom line, let alone gateway city?

      Plus neither gateway or BL had confirmation from either Jones or KCTV…the Star’s Tim Engle had both, legitimatizing the story enough for KCC to provide a more informed take.

      Thanks Tim!

  5. Interesting Fact says:

    But another rumor has it was to many complaints about her. So guess Glazer can’t say he made her famous, maybe all the hottie talk got her canned.

  6. Libertarian says:

    I always thought she hot in a 60’s porn star kind of way.

  7. Duke says:

    How much did the station’s GM pay those girls to drop the charges? I heard a previous other anchor at that station took a suitcase full of money in the middle of the night somewhere to pay them off. How did this anchor kept his job after that? Also, Gateway City’s site had a long thread about this incident a few years back. So the story was “reported.” BTW, this happened quite a long time ago.

  8. Davey Jones Locker says:

    Geesus Hearne… If this was half the story your trying to make it into it wouldn’t have Glazer in 3/4ths the story or be the foremost source. Secondly if you were so well connected to Jones you could have gotten the story from the horses mouth. My guess is the “Glazer” hottie article didn’t go over a damn bit well with TV exec’s. Her image wasn’t to be a “hottie” but to attract the younger stay at home mom demographic. Not that this was the reason for letting go but it did more harm then good and she’s tossing you the cold shoulder. As for her going out with Glazer he’s lied more times then a Persian rug. Consider the source is where I am leaning on this one

  9. CG says:

    Hey Davey heres something on you…I guess a fat troll like you has no life so you are one of the short, ugly, farts who just watch the world go by and comment on those who make it happen. The only lie I told here is this…”you are a sharp, wonderful, important person.” There you go. Kelly is a nice lady, I wish her well. You and many others who hide behind fake names are punks.

  10. harley says:

    Kelly is not only a great talent but a smart articulate woman.
    We met at breakfast at first watch in fairway and i learned that
    she has the ability to go farther than a horribly produced garage sale
    show like what kctv put her on.
    No doubt she’s going to move on.
    It’s hard to do anything really good in kc. The stations are so
    fixated with revenue that they fail to see the potential of what they
    have in their buidlings.
    You’ll see major changes coming in kc tv. Fox 4 is now almost 50% news.
    Half the most popular shows now are reality tv andthe #1 show on cable
    is pawn stars…(yes…pawn stars!!!!)…WHICH COSTS NOTHING TO DO.
    America is changing…anything that educates or motivates the people is
    being done away with..
    we’re being split by networks who only broadcast one side..msnbc/cnn/
    fox news…allhavebecome nothing but mouthpieces for a political agenda.
    The radio stations are faltering and losing audience by huge numbers
    as they cut the once great on air talents for auto broadcasting.
    And we’re all turning to the smart phones to do everything in our lives
    from turning on our lights to telling us our heart rates and doing medical
    tests right thru the phone.
    I hope kelly finds something to match her talent bu t as tv dumbs down
    its programming people like kelly with brains…communication skills…
    and looks will probably have a hard time finding something that
    allows her to use all her professional skills.
    good luck kelly…

  11. PucKChaser says:

    Non-story. The show she was on is gone.

    They all have agents. I’m sure Mort Meissner or Ken Lindner or N.S. Beinstock or whoever her agent is will find her a job within six months.

    • admin says:

      It’s not that simple.

      You don’t think if she was liked and doing well they’d have kept her? Like they did Holbrook. Of course she’ll probably find another job – even Katy Horner did.

      BTW, Holbrook was also brought in from out of market a year ago specifically to do this show and she’s going nowhere.

      There’s more to this story and it is foretold by the fact that neither side is talking. Ever studied the relationship between smoke and fire? No? Thought so.

  12. PucKChaser says:

    Yeah, there’s more to the story. Her contract was up.

    Again, not a big deal and a total non-story. Reporters/anchors have their contracts come up all the time and News Directors/GMs or the actual reporter chooses not to renew.

    Non-story. The only reason anyone is paying attention is because Glazer doesn’t know a “good” reporter from a “bad” reporter. He can only see what they “look” like. He probably thought Chrsytal Jackson was a “good” reporter back in the day. She wasn’t.
    She was nice to look at though.

    • admin says:

      Funny how some people seem so anxious to take stories that lots of people are interested in and talking about and try to pronounce them as “non stories.”

      The only non stories I’m familiar with are the ones that haven’t been written. And this story is quite obviously something that many people are interested in and has plenty of smoke for a non fire.

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