FOX26 anchor Ashley Ritchie, who has been off the air for several months on maternity leave after giving birth to her third son, is not returning to the anchor chair anytime soon.
“I have decided to step away for a while. With three boys under the age of 4, the late nights are just too hard,” Ritchie says.
Although details have not been worked out, Ritchie plans to continue working with the local KMPH (Channel 26.1) news team. When she returns, she will not be a full-time reporter but work on special projects where the reporting could be done during the day. No time frame for her return has been set.
Ritchie will miss the anchor desk, but she is also looking forward to getting back into the field and is ready to go back to work as a reporter when the station calls.
Two years ago, Ritchie returned to work after being on extended maternity leave that included three months of bed rest during her pregnancy for son Noah.
Her most recent maternity leave started two months before she gave birth to Asher in early November. Because she had some complications with her pregnancy two years ago, the decision was made to have her leave work early as a precaution.
Just before Christmas, Ritchie made the decision not to return to the anchor chair. There is no word on her replacement.
It’s always an interesting time when a local TV anchor or reporter is off the air for an extended time. Some viewers assume it means the person has been fired. Most of the time, the person is on vacation.
Ritchie says the outpouring of love and concern for her has been a real blessing.
“I just want them to know I’m not gone,” she says. “I’m just on a hiatus.”
E! has ordered two additional episodes of “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” expanding Season 1 of the new series to a total of 10 episodes.
The series, which stars the Hanford resident, debuted Sunday, Jan. 24, as E!’s biggest non-spinoff, reality launch in more than three years.
The combination of Tyler’s youthful exuberance and startling revelations has made him the most sought-after medium in Hollywood.
In the debut season Henry does readings for Amber Rose, Carnie Wilson, Joey Lawrence, Charisma Carpenter, Cheryl Burke, Heather Dubrow, John Salley, Monica Potter, Margaret Cho, Rob Dyrdek, Tom Green, Jaime Pressly, Snooki, Tom Arnold, WWE Diva Natalya, Boy George and more.
Henry’s list of celebrity clients is the result of strong word of mouth among the stars. His client base is so big that the Sierra Pacific High School graduate dropped his plan for going to college to become a hospice nurse and moved to Los Angeles.
Henry got his introduction to Hollywood through Fresno talent agent Carollyn De Vore. Three years ago, he approached De Vore about helping him with his public speaking skills because he was “a little shy” in high school.
The 13th season of the FOX competition series “So You Think You Can Dance” will feature younger dancers between the ages of 8-13 who are skilled in contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking. The “next generation” will be paired with all-stars to compete.
The new season begins at 8 p.m. Monday, May 30.
Auditions will be held in Los Angeles (Saturday, Feb. 27), Chicago (Friday, March 11) and New York (Friday, March 18). An online registration audition option ends Tuesday, March 1.
All potential contestants are encouraged to have their parent or guardian sign up at the online audition portal at sytycdauditions.com and upload a video or provide a link to a video of the contestant’s performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for a prearranged time slot in one of the three audition cities.
Picking and grinning
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of the History channel series “American Pickers,” are planning another trip West that will bring them to Central California. The filming is scheduled for March.
The team behind the show is on the hunt for characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, pre-’50s Western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items and clothing.