Veteran Chicago journalist Richard Roeper has signed off after two years as a co-host and featured contributor to “Good Day Chicago,” the weekday morning news show on Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32.
Roeper and Fox 32 news director Matt Piacente met with staffers after Wednesday’s show to inform them that it was Roeper’s last day at the station.
"I've had a lot of fun the past couple of years, but I'm looking forward to having more flexibility in my work schedule to pursue other projects, in Chicago and in Las Vegas and Los Angeles,” Roeper said.
He’s the latest familiar figure to leave “Good Day Chicago” in recent weeks. Morning news anchor Darlene Hill, whose contract expired at the end of September, has been missing in action since then. Earlier, morning news anchor Corey McPherrin shifted to Fox 32’s 5 and 9 p.m. weekday newscasts.
This was a second run at Fox 32 for Roeper, who won two Chicago Emmy Awards during seven years as a commentator on “Fox Thing in the Morning” and co-host of “The Media Creatures,” a weekly segment with Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan.
Roeper continues as film critic for the Sun-Times, where he has been a mainstay for three decades. He also continues as a contributor to Roe Conn’s afternoon show on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720.