Gecko Man Michael Scott Update

I always get people asking me where former morning anchor Michael Scott went. 

You know, the Gecko Man who freaked out when a gecko jumped on his suit and freaked out.  It’s great video.  Please click here if you haven’t seen it and be ready to laugh out loud.

Well Mr. Scott is a TV free agent again after losing another job.

The Hunstsville Times had this report today:

WAAY anchor no longer with station

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
By CHRIS WELCH
Search under way to replace Michael Scott, GM says

Michael Scott, a 30-year broadcast veteran who was hired in July 2007 as WAAY-TV’s evening anchor and managing editor, is no longer with the station, according to its acting general manager.

Manny Calvo, acting general manager and president of Calkins Media, confirmed in an e-mail to The Times Tuesday afternoon that Scott is no longer with the company. He said a national search for a new anchor will begin immediately.

Scott, 54, couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to sources within the station and newsblues.com, an Internet site for broadcast news professionals, Scott’s departure came after a dispute with a producer that occurred during a commercial break in last Thursday’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Scott has worked previously in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Omaha, Charlotte, Kansas City and Huntsville. Prior to this incident, Scott’s was perhaps best known for “the attack of the gecko.” He was interviewing a snake wrangler on the air in 2002 for KXAS-TV, the NBC-affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, when a gecko lizard jumped on him from a nearby table. He screamed, yelled an expletive and has been immortalized on YouTube.

Scott eventually moved to Kansas City’s KCTV5 in 2004 and left in 2006. No reason was given for his departure from Kansas City.

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