Constance Jones abruptly leaves Fox 5 and 'Good Day Atlanta'


This was posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

"Good Day Atlanta" host Constance Jones left WAGA-TV's Fox 5 station abruptly last Friday without explanation after less than a year there.

She referred me to her official Twitter statement:

Thank you to the wonderful viewers for generously and warmly allowing me to be a part of their mornings. It was a privilege to meet so many great people in the North Georgia community. I will always be grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to all of my colleagues with Good Day Atlanta and Fox 5 for welcoming me. I wish Good Day Atlanta and Fox 5 continued success. I will be headed back home to South Florida.

Her page on the Fox 5 website is no longer. And she has taken Fox 5 description off her social media. I spoke with one insider at the station, who had no idea why she left.

Mike McClain, Fox 5 news director, provided this statement: “Constance Jones has left ‘Good Day Atlanta’ to return home to South Florida. We wish her the very best.”

Jones came to Atlanta from Miami late last summer, effectively replacing Karen Graham, who is now pursuing her own on-line TV network targeting those who are deaf.

I wrote a piece about Fox 5 adopting a future service dog in February and threw in a few tidbits about Jones. She grew up in Oklahoma City and came to Atlanta after nine years at the ABC affiliate WPLG-TV Local 10 in Miami where she has been a reporter/anchor.  She has lived near Piedmont Park and rode her bike on the Beltline regularly with her husband, an artist named Troy Simmons  who specializes in sculpture. “I love the raw creative energy of the city,” said Jones, who has family in Montgomery, Ala., at the time.

While in Atlanta, the only controversy that came out publicly regarding Jones was when she called a kid "tubby" in December and received some ocial media push back and a story on local news gossip site FTVLive.


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