Longtime Fox 11 morning news anchor Jean Martirez posted this picture to Twitter last week with the hint: "Cleaned out my desk. Wonder if this'll get my security desposit back?" The hint gave away the news that Martirez has been excused from the station, following "Good Day LA" fixtures Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Reynolds out the door. That set off an exchange of condolence and "I'm OK" tweets among LA's small club of TV news talent. When Lucey tweeted one day that she just knew that Martirez was on a "wildly romantic getaway," Martirez responded that she was in bed with her laptop and beau "figuring out how I file online for unemployment!"
Martirez joined Fox 11 from Denver as a reporter in October 1995. Her most recent assignments were to co-anchor the FOX 11 Morning News, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., as well as the 10 a.m. and noon newscasts. She has not yet been scrubbed from the Fox 11 website: her bio is still up.
Lucey, whose departure from GDLA in June was public and notably involuntary, posted on her blog last week that "My old station is not the happiest place on Earth. Jean Martirez is now gone. That’s 3 women in 4 months."
Add Lucey: For years there was talk that she and Jillian Reynolds could barely stand each other, based on how they seemed on the GDLA set. The women always publicly denied any issues, and on Monday Lucey posted about her ex-set mate: "I just saw Jillian looking hot on KTLA. She is too good not to be on TV. In all my meetings the suits say they want the kind of chemistry that Good Day LA tossed away." Remember, Lucey had previously gone on KTLA to talk about her firing.
That KTLA appearance by Reynolds was an interview with Sam Rubin, on at the same time she used to be on Fox 11 with Lucey and Steve Edwards. Here's the clip.