Reporter fired over 'bikini lapse in judgement'
Chicago news vetran Amy Jacobson was canned this week after a video of her running around in a bikini top and towel with the estranged husband of a missing Plainfield woman. [watch the video here]
Amy Jacobson said she just went swimming with Craig Stebic and never expected this to ruin her career.
"I'm crushed. I can't lie to you. I'm devastated," she said in her first interview, just hours after she was fired by the NBC-owned station Tuesday.
"I thought they would suspend me and then support me. I can't believe they did this after all I'd done for them. They know why I was there. There was never any challenge as to my motivation or intent," she said.
Larry Wert, president and general manager of Channel 5, declined to discuss why Jacobson was out, calling the matter "a complicated issue" and "a close, tough call." He praised her work as "a valued member of the team for more than 10 years."
Craig Stebic, whose estranged wife, Lisa Stebic, has been missing since April 30th. The couple, who have two children, were in the midst of a divorce.