Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pay attention to the firing of Bruce Wolf. . .

In this morning's Chicago Tribune, Teddy Greenstein raises some of the issues that may have led to FOX32's firing of Bruce Wolf.

Teddy Greenstein

No dismissing money as motive for Wolf's dismissal

Published February 16, 2006

Bruce Wolf's picture still appears prominently on the front page of the Web site. Under a "Fox News in the Morning" banner, he hams it up in a dance pose with anchor Tamron Hall.

But Wolf has had little to celebrate this week after Fox's WFLD-Ch. 32, his home for 18 years, handed him his walking papers.

Station officials have declined to specify their reasons for terminating Wolf, who also declined to comment Wednesday.

What is known is that in September the station suspended Wolf for three days after an awkward on-air incident involving "Crazy" Howard McGee, a WCGI-FM 107.5 radio personality.

Wolf, whose whimsical, sometimes daring style has been reined in occasionally by Fox producers, took exception after McGee made a seemingly crude, below-the-waist gesture during a show.

Wolf apparently denigrated the gesture during his sports segment, and that led to an off-camera confrontation with a producer.

While others watched, sources said Wolf cursed at the producer.

Wolf returned to work three days later, but it wouldn't be long before he unnerved his bosses. That came last week while Wolf filmed a bit at the Chicago Auto Show that never aired.

Few have been permitted to view the tape, but part of the off-beat segment called for Wolf to interview a man standing outside the show in front of his own car.

Wolf asked if he could "key" the car, and the man dared him to do so, if not flat-out insisted. But after Wolf followed through, the man "flipped out," a source said.

Another source said Wolf suspected he was being "punk'd," thinking the station had hired the driver of the car to play a practical joke on him.

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