Libby Weaver says goodbye to Fox31: Did she jump or was she pushed?

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Last night, longtime Fox31 anchor Libby Weaver bid the station adieu surrounded by her three kids -- her stated reason for stepping away from the outlet. But even as good wishes stack up on the station's Facebook page, media observers are speculating about whether her decision to leave has to do with the shrinking resources and tight budget constraints affecting broadcast TV these days.

No denying that Weaver, who worked as a host of Extra in addition to stints at stations in Salt Lake City and Chicago before landing at Fox31, brought a new level of unabashed glamor to Denver TV news. Who can forget the 2009 Denver magazine "Men's Issue" cover that we described at the time like so:

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The two women on the cover are literally busting out of their flirtatious attire, with the girliest of the two wearing a breast-boosting garment that turns her wiggle rack into an awesome blossom. Meanwhile, her more masculine partner is clad in an open shirt from which one mam threatens to escape as she perches spread-legged on a chair and holds a cigar that, with apologies to Sigmund Freud, isn't just a cigar in this case. As a bonus, the sitting woman has her arm looped suggestively through the crooked leg of her gal pal, whose crotch is at mouth height.

Scissor sisters relaxing on the set of their latest Skinemax sextravaganza, The Goodies: Live Hard, Get Hard? No, they're Libby Weaver and Natalie Tysdal, anchors for programs on Channel 31.

The magazine also included a complete behind-the-scenes slide show of images from the shoot, featuring images like this one:

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Was Weaver's career was hurt by questions about the wisdom of a news anchor engaging in such male fantasy schtick? Hardly -- and her sense of balance was a big reason why. For the most part, she managed to offset her show-biz side with a down-to-earth persona epitomized by a goofy sense of humor and canny playing of the mom card. Add her obvious chemistry with co-anchor Ron Zappolo and you'll understand why she was able to last a dozen years-plus in the market.

Throughout that time, she and Zappolo were paid handsomely for their efforts. But in recent years, the rise of the Internet and new technology has reduced the audience for traditional TV news, and profits along with it.

Continue for more about Libby Weaver's departure from Fox31, including a video of her goodbye.


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shutupoprah
shutupoprah

now that horrible Takaharra woman takes her place--ugh ugh & ugh and that pastey looking Jeremy Hubbard--how gruesome

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

These news anchors have it their head's, they " carry " & " Get us through ... ", events such as Columbine and the more recent Aurora theater shooting . OMG ! !!! ' What would we have all done w/o 'Libby' during 911 ???!!! OMG !!! AND ALL 5FT-FIVE INCHES OF ZAPPALO !!!!???                                                      Get on our knees & bow to Ron !

That blonde weather girl on channel 4 in the mornings IS WAY HOT !!!  I mute the t.v. & listen to           2112 ... She could do 'Maxim'. But Libby ? No way! Unless they had an old' pity issue ....

Tommy James
Tommy James

I like when news people fish for clever antidotes and pretend to have funny and authentic banter with fake giggles of confusion and fear.

Brett MB
Brett MB

Anyone who can read a cue card can do a news anchor's job. Anyone who can guess the weather within several degrees can be a meteorologist for that matter.

Erin Mcc
Erin Mcc

She looks like a drag queen in this picture.

Renee Lov
Renee Lov

She wantd to be home with her kids...

Tommy James
Tommy James

Lori nobody cares that you pretend to know Libby... because you watch her on TV.

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Libby Weaver was one of the best anchors Denver has ever seen, and if she says she left to spend time with her family, I believe her. I've known Libby for years, and family has always been paramount.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

She refused to don a strap-on & join Zappolo and Chris Parente .

Just a rumor ......

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Weaver and Zappolo were sure to tell us we shouldn't get behind the wheel after toking up, even after their own tests showed driving "stoned" was nothing like driving drunk. Their commentary was offensive, and unwelcome. As far as I'm concerned, she shouldn't let the door hit her in the ass on the way out, and she can take zippy along with her.

Rob Savage
Rob Savage

She had that high and mighty, Madonna type attitude. I could see the snarl rise up on occasion when most people were oblivious to it. At least Deborah seems sweet and genuine. I am OK with Ron.

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

I never liked her or Ron Zapolo. I agree with Keith, though not quite so vehemently, that they are both talking heads for what is essentially a Republican driven propaganda machine. I noticed that Heidi Hemmat is gone, as well. These people either woke up or were pushed under a bus. We'll see in time. Anyhow, her smile always seemed forced and her voice grated on the nerves after awhile.

Keith-David Hammock
Keith-David Hammock

I won't miss that bitch...get rid of fuckin' Zapolo too! They are just talking head tools & Fox news is So slanted, bias, & inaccurate that I can't Believe that THIS is actually a real story. * Fox STINKS*

Roy Forgy
Roy Forgy

Tommy: NO the y are not a newspaper they are a throw away rag

Tommy James
Tommy James

Mmmm JL Benet Ramsey... where do you watch Jon Stewart and Colbert Report? That same channel you masturbate to b movies while smoking pot and eating ice cream? Thats the channel I meant to reference. You tool.

Tommy James
Tommy James

is the 'newspaper' the WESTWORD making reference to the life expectancy of television? You're a NEWSPAPER!

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

The TV viewers are being insulted.....AND ALLOWING IT! One example is several stations Ch 9 & & that are trading certified weather forcaster for pretty weather readers. It seems that pretty/handsome and young is cheaper than having tenured, truth seeking reporters who know how to investigate, write and professionally present their own stories and provide follow up to the results of their investigations. The public gets what they ALLOW.

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

TV news seems as dated as radio and newspapers.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Hopefully, the A64 propagandist, Michael Roberts is the next, well not Reporter, propagandists monkey out the door!

Julie Barrickman
Julie Barrickman

Back in the day news was required to be reported as it happened, these days after it being realized that stations could profit from making 'news' entertaining its gone into the shitter.

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

Um, the Comedy Channel went off the air in 1991.

Tommy James
Tommy James

You idiot liberals prefer your news from the Comedy Channel. Nice.

Samuel Wells
Samuel Wells

Local news is a complete mess in Denver: CBS4 makes basic mistakes in their facts as well as foundational issues like the grammar and sentence structure of their stories; Fox manufactures "scientific" studies about driving and cannabis use when its obvious that not a single member of their cadre understands the concept of a f**king control group; the two other clown crews spend all their time on celebrity news, human interest stories and meaningless chatter. It is difficult to say if the local daily broadcasts are any worse than the daily newspaper, however: the Denver Post is just as lacking in journalistic standards and quality.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

I like facts and truth, therefore I don't watch FAUX news ;)

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

i watch the local news for one reason only: unintentional comedy. 9news is where it's at... though foxnews has a proclivity for hiring hot bimbos.

Jill Tiller
Jill Tiller

I think her and Ron were great together.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Fred Kaplan  ... it the rain from a "certified" weather forecaster any wetter than one from a pretty weather reader?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue  I challenge you to do Robert's job for one week ! You try writing ENDLESSLY,w/ obviously little break, AND PLEASE EVERYONE !!! You'd crumble into a mound of tears and self-pity.

I disagree w/ Roberts MUCH of the time as well. ESPECIALLY w/ sports/Manning ! You know, I NEVER lose respect or appreciation.

Anyway, "WHO IN THE FUCK ARE YOU ???!!!"

"Douche-bag ...."

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@Juan_Leg @Juan_Leg Really you are a grown ass man and you dissagree with someone who writes about other grown ass men fighting over a ball? I am saying that throughout Michael´s reporting regarding YOUR CONSTITUIONAL RIGHTS he has repetedly and knowingly lie and misled the public. But I am sure when history looks back you arguing with Michal about your boyfriend will be what is discussed.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue 

The building ALREADY has a janitor !

It's NOT the Westword's fault you are 'stuck' as the 'mop-guy' at Kitties !

Ask Santa for a new employment locale . 

Sad you use an employee & reader of a publication to 

air your grievances w/ life .

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue 

This is a prime example of friends NEEDING, to step in & help another . Too bad you obviously don't have ANY ! 

We as a society can only hope you aren't armed !.....

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@Juan_Leg @CoreyDonahue I am happy you are sticking up for your boyfriend, it´s good to see that in a relationship.  As to his work he litterly says he is spuculating in one artical and as we all know speculation is not journilism.  The only Village Voice newspaper that is in the black is Westword, becasue of their cannabis advertizments.  So no Ms. Calhoun has do a good job for a while but now she has sold out and is allowing reporting to be done by bias reporters who sit back and rely on press releases and only report what will benifit their advertizers.  But I wish you and Michael the best I am sure you make each other very happy.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue @Juan_Leg " THANK GOD, (  the  'Trix Bunny', or whatever ! ), Roberts has you to critique both his work & 

self worth. "  I suppose Ms. Calhoun has been clueless for better than 20 yrs and the publication exists & operates on fairy dust .

WE ALL SHARE in the rejoicing of having 'YOU' to correct us and can only WISH WE WERE ALL like YOU & ALWAYS right  ! 

Please enlighten us all & share w/ everyone,

 ''Who signs your check ?" I'd be willing to place a wage Mr. Roberts DESTROYS your ' 'Head'-Cleaning-Technician" salary at 'Kitties' on Colfax !!!

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