Drinking at work a bad idea, just ask Sue Simmons
Nov 3rd 2009 5:00PM
Updated Nov 3rd 2009 5:39PM
Admitting to drinking on the job during a live television interview would typically be considered a bad career move.
Not for Sue Simmons, though. The WNBC-TV New York anchor recently appeared on a chirpy lifestyle show, LX New York, where she admitted that she used to have a drink or two before going on the air.
So why hasn't the anchor been shown the studio door? Those days of boozy dinners before the evening news hour happened more than 20 years ago, she says. And after such a late confession, Simmons, who has been at WNBC for 28 years, isn't likely to lose her job.
"That stopped in the mid-'80s, late '80s," Simmons said in the interview with Bravo executive-turned-night-show host Andy Cohen. "Because I looked in the mirror before -- when I was about ready to go on the air -- and my eyes were red."
As Cohen eagerly points out, it was common back then for journalists to drink on the job. (Although the interviewer inadvertently insults Simmons, saying such actions were common in the "Mad Men" era, at least 20 years before Simmons' time.)
Nevertheless, the news is making the rounds on the Internet. This isn't the first time Simmons has come under such scrutiny. In 2008, while the cameras were rolling before a commercial break, she dropped the F-bomb while cursing out a colleague. Simmons promptly and soberly apologized for that "mistake," but it didn't stop newspapers like the New York Post from reporting that Simmons was known for her "liquid dinners between broadcasts."
For all those job seekers out there, don't follow in Sue Simmons footsteps. It may be alright for some people to admit to drinking on the job and cursing on-air, but it's generally advisable to keep those bad habits to yourself.