BREAKING NEWS — WPTV News Boss Mike Garber, Gone so Soon!

WEST PALM BEACH -- WPTV-Channel 5 news boss Mike Garber has accepted a job in Dallas, just two years after he took over the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast station's newsroom! Garber was credited for instilling a new morale at the NBC affiliate, and keeping Channel 5 in its perennial No. 1 spot despite the abysmal network programming. According to the media website Mediabistro.com, Garber is headed to the CBS affiliate in Dallas, where he … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — WPTV Anchor Shannon Cake Steps Down From Nightly News, Goes Part-Time!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Shannon Cake, the bookish yet sexy anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news on WPTV-Channel 5 and 10 p.m. on WFLX-Fox 29, says she's stepping down from the Fox newscast after asking her bosses to work part-time. Cake, who's been at the NBC affiliate for 18 years, tells Gossip Extra exclusively that pressing family matters took precedent over her heavy work load. "It's something that we worked on for months," said Cake, who's also an … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting in a Bikini . . . And a Rose Tattoo on The Butt!

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MIAMI BEACH -- NBC hit sitcom star Minnie Driver is rocking a serious bikini body at 44, even if we could do without the rose tattoo on her . . . butt! About a Boy's Minnie, a Brit actress who was first noticed in the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, has been spotted on the beach and poolside at a South Beach hotel this week. She's been particularly unhappy that fans made fun of her bikini (below) on Twitter, and she instantly quit the … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — New Year, New Turnover at WPTV!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Pull out your lineup card: WPTV-Channel 5 is going to feature some fresh college grads in the new year -- again. It's on a recruiting spree after a new exodus of talent just rocked the NBC affiliate -- this, at a time when it's still reeling from the Rob Lopicola scandal. The Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast's highest-rated station has lost five on-air personalities over the past two months. The latest: Morning … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — WPTV Fired Rob Lopicola Over Nude Photos!

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WEST PALM BEACH -- The reason for the mysterious departure of weatherman Rob Lopicola from WPTV-Channel 5 in 2006 was finally made public today in his sentencing. A prosecutor in the child-sex case against the 44-year-old ex-TV weatherman explained to the court that Lopicola was fired after emailing nude photos of himself to someone he wanted to have sex with! Somehow, the photo ended up with WPTV managers, who then quietly fired the … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Pedophile Weatherman Rob Lopicola Sentencing Set!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Rob Lopicola, the former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman who was convicted last month of having sex with teen boys, will be sentenced by Judge Barry Cohen Dec. 6 in a 9 a.m. hearing, Gossip Extra has learned. Lopicola, 43, was found guilty by a jury after two hours of deliberation Oct. 24. He was accused of meeting two boys, one 15 and the other 17, on craigslist and having sex with them in separate occasions in 2010 and … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Rob Lopicola Trial: Weatherman Told Underage Sex Victim to Call Him “Daddy!”

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WEST PALM BEACH -- The sex-with-minors trial of former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola started in earnest today with opening statements and four hours of testimony by one of the underage boys that Lopicola allegedly had sex with. Wearing a dark suit and glasses that make him look older than his 43 years, Lopicola listened emotionless as an 18-year-old Boca Raton boy he befriended three years ago recounted how the former TV star picked him … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Ex-WPTV Weatherman Rob Lopicola’s Trial Starts This Morning

WEST PALM BEACH -- Jury selection is set to begin this morning for the sex-with-underage-boys of former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola. Lopicola, 43, is accused of having sex with boys he met online who were 15 and 17 respectively at the time of the alleged crimes, in 2010 and 2011. He is charged with unlawful sexual activity of a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct, lewd and lascivious battery and child exploitation, all felonies. Once … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Pervy ex-Weatherman Rob Lopicola: Police Violated me And My Rights!

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Just two-and-a-half weeks before his sex-with-minors trial is due to start in a West Palm Beach courthouse, former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola asked the judge to throw out incriminating statements he made when he was arrested! It's another Gossip Extra exclusive you won't find in The Palm Beach Post: Lopicola, who's staring at 20 years in the big house for allegedly having sex with two boys too young to consent, now says West Palm … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — New Palm Beacher Howard Stern’s Wife Needs New Threads!

Before Palm Beach's social season gets into gear later this fall, new resident Howard Stern's wife Beth may want to head to Worth Avenue to shop for something more, well, Palm Beach. In his dark suit and expensive tie, the SiriusXM shock jock and America's Got Talent judge Howard looked ready for a Mar-a-Lago fundraising ball last night at the season finale of the talent show in Hollywood, Calif. Beth? Not so good. We're not … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — TV Hottie Returns Home to West Palm Beach to Host The List

It's a return home for Palm Beach Gardens native Ashley Porter, one of the stars of the new syndicated television show The List, premiering tonight on WPTV-Channel 5. Porter, 26, will be reporting daily for the new nationally-syndicated news-magazine program The List, which was picked up by the NBC affiliate to replace tabloid staple Entertainment Tonight at 7 p.m. ET moved to WPEC-Channel 12. Porter's segments, by the way, will mostly … [Read more...]

Visits Scarce For Jailed ex-Weatherman Rob Lopicola

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Next Tuesday will mark one year since former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola, aka Inmate No. 0435541 at the Palm Beach County main jail, was arrested and charged with having sex with underage boys. It's likely that, should the former TV-personality-turned-go-go-dancer be convicted, the months spent in jail would be credited. Thing is, he still has close to five more months to wait, since his trial was scheduled for Oct. … [Read more...]

Trial For Alleged Pedophile ex-TV Weatherman Rob Lopicola Postponed Again!

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It's been a year since former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola was arrested for allegedly having sex with at least two teenage boys near his West Palm Beach home -- and he remains behind bars while awaiting a trial that keeps getting postponed! While Lopicola's day in court was originally scheduled for last December then June 24, it's been pushed back yet again this week. It's now rescheduled for Oct. 21. Lopicola, meanwhile, is … [Read more...]