Sources tell FTVLive that Rob Morrison is done at WCBS and that News Director David Friend has already quietly been talking about his replacement.
Of course, none of that is official...yet.
It is likely that WCBS will let the case wind it's way through the court system and then at some point you will likely see that Morrison "resigns" from the station. But that could be weeks from now, when all the heat has cooled down a bit.
No one knows what happened in Morrison's home except for Rob and his CBS Money Watch Anchor Wife Ashley.
The bottom line is he was the one that was arrested by police and charged with choking his wife. It also appears he tried to lie to co-workers the day after the incident.
The NY Daily News writes that WCBS brass are livid that the “News at Noon” anchor lied to them about how he bruised his face when he showed up for work on Monday, station sources said.
He “misled station management and has made a horrible situation even worse,” a source said.
Tuesday night, Morrison blamed his arrest on his mother-in-law, whose 911 call from her home in Indiana sent cops to his Connecticut house to defuse the volatile situation.
“Don’t piss off your mother-in-law is the moral of the story,” said Morrison, 44, Tuesday evening as he tried to relax listening to the Grateful Dead’s “Attics of My Life.”
Morrison claimed he initially called his mother-in-law, Martha Risk, hoping she could calm down him and his wife, fellow CBS anchor Ashley Morrison.
“I reached out to her mother in good faith looking for a level head in what was a chaotic situation and that’s what I got in return,” he said, admitting tension between him and Risk “is not new.”
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“The argument that we had had was kind of over with. It was getting very late. The next thing you know there were cops at my door,” he said. “I told them to get the hell out of my house.”
He apologized for being “absolutely belligerent” to the cops.
“They don’t deserve the hard time I gave them,” Morrison said.
Channel 2’s “News at Noon” anchor was accused of choking his wife at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was booted from their $1.26 million Darien home Tuesday by a Connecticut judge.
Morrison was allowed a single visit to his former home, accompanied by a police officer, to collect personal items.
Sources said Ashley Morrison hit her husband in the nose during the domestic dustup. While Rob Morrison revealed his nose was broken, he refused to comment on whether his wife hit him or if he had been drinking.
According to court papers released Tuesday, Morrison, within earshot of local cops, “threatened that if he was released from police custody he would kill his wife.”
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“I would never in a million years,” he said.
Still, he said he may have threatened the Darien police officers who arrested him.
“I’m not saying I didn’t say I was going to kill one of those cops in my anger,” Morrison told The News. “I don’t know if I did or didn’t.”