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What Happened to Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick

What Happened to Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick?  For weeks I’ve been getting this question online and in person while I was out at events. Today on Fox 29, and on Mike Jerrick’s webpage he bravely allowed us once again into his life.


Hi Everybody!
I wanted to let you know where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

First of all, I really appreciate your concern about my well-being and the well-being of my family. I really do!
For the last 13 plus years, I have been fighting a low-grade depression that has slowly increased in strength over that time. It deals with the loss of loved ones;

losses I have not addressed with the help of mental health professionals. I am finally tackling the issue now.
I am at a wellness retreat down south in the Carolinas. I call it a rehab for the mind, body, and soul.

For the past year and a half, medication and alcohol have not done it for me, and a combination of the two certainly has not been helpful. So, my goal is to get to the root of this down mood. Thankfully, this process is working beautifully! Don’t get it twisted, it has not been easy, but it was time to finally confront the negative feelings.
These are things we all have been through or are dealing with right now. I am no different than you. That is why I feel so fortunate and blessed to have the luxury of going away for help. Not everyone is fortunate to have this opportunity and I will not take it for granted.

I am full of gratitude for my ability to do this work, because of the generosity and understanding of my station’s General Manager, News Director, in fact, all of my co-workers and you the viewers, my TV family.

So far, this exercise has been amazing. I am rested, renewed, reenergized, and eager to get back to you every morning.
Again, I am so thankful you have allowed me this time to heal. I love you all and I will be back with you soon, I promise.

To read more about Mike Jerrick, and see the support from Philadelphia head over to his Facebook Page


Mike Jerrick Suspended from Fox 29 over Bullshit, Video & Philly Gossip

Where Mike Jerrick is now: Taking care of his mental health.



Hey it’s Thursday so that means another Philly Gossip column for you. Friday I’ll post Maria Papadakis’ wedding photos, then Sunday it’s more Philly Gossip,  and Monday The Academy Ball Fashion Photos.

Mike Jerrick’s antics on Fox 29 have produced plenty of viral videos over the years. Who could forget his mimicking the Kardashian’s, or his hysterical Ryan Lochte interview with Shenielle Jones a 4 years ago, which became very popular again this past summer during the Olympics. Well no one was laughing at Fox on Monday when he accidentally said the word bullshit live on Good Day. (Although millions of people in the USA were cheering Right On Mike when the video went viral)

According to the national news site FT LIVE Fox29’s Philly Anchor Mike Jerrick has been suspended for a week by the parent company Fox after he said Kellyanne Conway is a good bullshitter accidentally on air Monday morning; and honestly she is; Kellyanne told Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet The Press that Spicer’s take on the supposed record breaking inauguration crowds was “Alternative Facts”, she even crack a shit eating grin herself, so calling her out was a natural response, but you’re probably not allowed to accidentally curse on TV.

Thursday President Trump will be in town at the Republican Retreat in Philly.

Call Fox National in support of Mike Jerrick 1 (888) 369-4762 to complain, not local Fox 29. The decision was made by parent company. And please don’t boycott Fox 29, they’re great people. I only reported on this because people make mistakes, he apologized. it’s my biggest fear to accidentally curse when I’m on TV. Even Fox News’ Mike Wallace hammered away at Trump’s Communications Director the other night, calling Trump a liar. I was impressed.

Check out the GOP Retreat agenda at PhillyMag.com


Another scary dude in town Bryan Cranston ie Breaking Bad’s Walter White. He’s filming a movie, Untouchable, with Nicole Kidman and Kevin Hart. Remember Friday night Untouchable is filming car chase scenes on JFK and Market Street after 7PM until the wee hours of the morning. What I’ve read said the principle actors aren’t going to be there, but they are in town so I think they might pop in.


Kevin Hart’s been spotting around town. Today he worked out at City Fitness in the Graduate Hospital Area, which ironically no longer has a hospital in the area; last night he was at the Sixers game, with a million of my instagram friends it seems.

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It was “M. Night Shyamalan Night,” at the Sixers’ game last night, in honor of his new movie “Split”, which opened last Friday with a stunning box-office comeback, earning $40.2 million over its opening weekend, giving it the No. 1 spot at the box office. That’s more money than “The Sixth Sense” made in its debut weekend ($26.7 million) and marks one of Shyamalan’s best openings — though it doesn’t quite match the impressive $60.1 million “Signs” took in over its 2002 opening weekend. Split stars James McAvoy and my friend in my head Betty Buckley, and filmed in Philly last year. At the Sixers game last night Night rang the Sixers’ ceremonial Liberty Bell. His daughter Saleka sang the National Anthem. Above is his wife, Bhavna Vaswani came out to support. (Thanks Sixers for the photos) BTW Saleka’s quite an artist as well, In the Sixth Sense, the artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was done by her.Jerrick

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Thanks Flyers for sending my niece Nicole, who was born and lives in Charlotte and is recovering from Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, a nice care package. You made her day.


News on the Move: Chris Murphy, Fox 29 heading West, Susan Schiller Heading South, Weddings & Babies

  News on the Move: Chris Murphy Leaving Fox 29, Susan Schiller Heading South, Weddings & Babies


Chris Murphy joined FOX 29 in October, 2013, as news co-anchor of “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4am to 7am with Lauren Johnson. Before that he served as weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV-TV in San Diego. Prior to that, he was a reporter for KNSD-TV in San Diego and now he returns to San Diego next week to take an anchor job at KSWB in San Diego. A graduate of the University of California-San Diego, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. We’re all going to miss him a lot, especially his best bud Mike Jerrick, who mentioned as much on the show this morning’s show when he said Chris was leaving next week. So send your best wishes to our buddy @ChrisFox29


Lauren Johnson moves to Fox 29 Weekends where Sean Brace is sports anchor, and Scott Williams does the weather.karen-and-thomas-drayton-custom

Karen Hepp moves from Fox 29 Weekend and joins Thomas Drayton for the Monday through Friday Fox 29 Morning News, which begins at 430.  Joining them
every morning at 545am will be Mike Jerrick.




Another news move, last year Susan Schiller was knee deep in Pope in Philly stuff, and she won an Emmy for her work on CBS3 Philly. This year she’s heading to Houston, Texas for a VP & News Director job at KRICTV


George Perrier is a Boss

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Dish of the Week. Who would have thought the new Butcher Bar would serve such a delicious dish –
Bronzino with a lobster and crab salad and fresh fall vegetables.


If it had to be the last day of summer, at least it went out with this amazing sunset.