WABC has finally had enough of Steve Bartelstein after on-air spats with his co-anchors, a sexual harassment lawsuit, gossip about him clubbing, arriving late to work and sleeping through a news update last Thursday morning. As unexpected as the firing was, since he is co-anchor of the #1 rated morning and noon newscasts, the station seemed to expect problems since it is reported that in his contract signed last June that there would be consequences for bad behavior.
Bartelstein's bio was removed from the WABC website yesterday and on one of the station's Eyewitness News blogs, nobody from the station answered a question posted by a viewer asking about his status. When we called WABC this morning for a comment, a station spokesman said, "We do not comment on personnel issues. Thank you."