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Anchondo quickly lands another early morning spot (updated)


Jenny Anchondo (center) with co-hosts Laila Muhammad, Gary Striewski during the 5 a.m. hour of the syndicated, Dallas-based Morning Dose. She debuted on Monday, April 23. Photo: Ed Bark

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Just over a month after opting out of her contract with Fox4, Jenny Anchondo has dawned as a new co-host of the syndicated Morning Dose, which originates from CW33 studios in Dallas.

She joined incumbent co-hosts Laila Muhammad and Gary Striewski Monday on the social media-spiked program, which airs from 5 to 8 a.m. and also is carried on CW stations in Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington, D.C., Portland, OR and the Quad Cities in Illinois.

Missing in action and going unmentioned Monday was Melissa Rycroft, the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and star of The Bachelor who co-hosted Morning Dose when it premiered on June 29th of last year as a successor to Eye Opener. When asked about Rycroft’s status with the program, a publicist for Morning Dose replied Monday, “Jenny is an addition to the team! She (Rycroft) was out sick today!”

Anchondo joined Fox4 in October 2013 from WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. She had been anchoring the station’s weekend editions of Good Day and reporting three days a week. Her departure surprised many staffers, with Anchondo saying goodbye via an in-house email. According to sources, she preferred studio anchoring and didn’t relish reporting from the field.

On her blog over the weekend, Anchondo asked for support as “I dip my toes into something a little different . . . I’m looking forward to re-engaging with all of you and continuing the smart, spicy discussions we’ve been having for years on TV and through social media. I think you’re going to get a kick out of the Morning Dose team.”

A six-month “non-compete” clause is standard in such situations, but apparently is inoperative because Anchondo has joined a nationally syndicated TV program rather than a purely local one. Clarification is being sought from a Fox corporate spokesperson who handles all inquiries about Dallas-based Fox4.

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