John Stossel is leaving ABC. From TVNewser (who claim to have broken the story)
I have one John Stossel story. This was a long time ago and I was filling in on Good Morning America in New York. TV-2, their studio at the time, was squeezed into an old building on the West Side. You’d never know there was anything going on there if not for the double parked town cars most days.
I was heading from the studio back toward my (actually Spencer Christian’s) dressing room. As I rounded the corner there was John Stossel.
He was a big deal to me. There were lots of ‘names’ from the network and other boldface types who passed through TV-2 but there was something special about Stossel.
“Hi John, I’m Geoff Fox and I’m filling in on the weather this week,” was about what I said. I extended my hand.
Nothing. He gave me the look you give a dog who’s soiled the carpet and then he turned away.
Good grief. I was crushed.
In my few dozen trips through GMA it was the only time I ever met anyone who was less than gracious. It still stings.
His departure will be a loss for ABC which in turn means a loss for my station–I regret that. On a personal level, good riddance.