CBS46 morning host Bobby Kaple leaves, plans to pursue political office

This was posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The turnstile that is CBS46 continues.

Two months after a new news director came in, WGCL-TV morning host Bobby Kaple has left the station.  On his public Facebook page, he posted this note:

“I want to start this post with a thank you to the wonderful viewers and members of this community who have welcomed me into their homes for the last few years. Yesterday, I decided to step away from my morning and noon anchor duties at CBS 46. Seeing what’s going on in our country everyday from the anchor desk, I know there is more I can do. With that in mind, I am going to take the next few weeks to discuss with my family, friends, and neighbors if my next step is a run for public office. Thank you again and talk soon!”

General manager Mark Pimental sent out a note this afternoon, also noting that “Bobby Kaple is stepping down so he and his family can discuss his potential run for elected office.”

We wake up looking like this right @anchorwoman 😉 Join us on @CBS46 if you are up!

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He was originally paired with Gloria Neal, who left in a huff after just 17 months. Neal was replaced late last year with former Fox 5 anchor Amanda Davis.

Kaple co-hosted the 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. morning show and the noon show. His final day was Thursday, September 14.

The Arizona native was previously a sports anchor and news reporter in Los Angeles. Before that, he had worked in San Diego, West Palm Beach, Miami and Des Moines.

In May, his Instagram account was hacked and someone posted racy photos on it. 

 

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