Out the Door in KC

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It looks like KCTV's "Better Kansas City" wasn't good enough. 

Kelly Jones, co-host of “Better Kansas City,” has left the station, and the station says the show will be off the air for retooling this summer.

Darrin McDonald, Channel 5’s vice president and general manager, confirmed Jones’ exit but would provide no details.

“She’s no longer with the station,” he said Wednesday.

“Better Kansas City” airs at 9 a.m. weekdays. It has been in reruns since Memorial Day.

Starting next week, McDonald said, the national show “Better TV” — produced by KCTV’s corporate parent, Meredith, and shown mornings on KSMO-TV — will air in “Better KC’s” place but with some local segments. Those will be handled by Jones’ co-host, Lisa Holbrook, who remains at the station.

Jones said she had “no comment at this point.” She joined KCTV in April 2010 as co-anchor of its morning and noon newscasts. “Better Kansas City” was launched last fall by McDonald’s predecessor, Bobby Totsch.

The show is produced locally, but not by the station’s news department.

The general manager said the show had been “performing fine” in the ratings, but he does want it to attract more young women and “add more 25-to-34-year-olds” to its audience.

H/T KC Star