John Bolaris announces he's leaving Philly

STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER John Bolaris is moving to New York City after failing to land another TV weatherman gig in Philadelphia.
STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER John Bolaris is moving to New York City after failing to land another TV weatherman gig in Philadelphia.
Posted: April 24, 2013

THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA weeps. John Bolaris is moving back to New York City.

The former TV weatherman announced Monday in his Metro column that he will be leaving Philly for New York. Bolaris told me he has a couple of irons in the fire.

"Both have to do weather," Bolaris said, "but not totally." Although he couldn't give me all the details, he teased that we might eventually see the fruits of his labor in Philadelphia as well.

He'll make the official move in June, so we have a couple more months of Bolaris-y goodness.

Followers of Bolaris' Twitter feed know that he's been thinking about moving for some time. Bolaris told us that he simply gave up on landing another on-air weather gig in town.

"I tried for a year and a half to get something here in Philly, but I knew that wasn't going to happen after a year and a half," Bolaris said. "I'm a little bit embarrassed that I couldn't land a job in Philly. I'm frustrated, but having to leave sometimes comes out better than having to stay."

Bolaris was released from his Fox 29 contract early last year after a Playboy article was published detailing his run-in with two Eastern European babes who drugged J. Bo and bilked him out of thousands. The story, of course, was first reported right here in the Daily News.

Bolaris, who has been keeping busy day-trading during his unemployment, said that the main reason he wanted to stay local was his 9-year-old daughter, Reina Sofia. But she says she understands that her pops has to make the move, he told us.

Bolaris' fiancee, Erica Smitheman, is also "excited about what's happening," he said.

"I'm kind of melancholy about leaving," Bolaris said. "I really thought my career would end here, but I haven't been able to get in the door here."

He added later, "I'm going to control my destiny a little bit more now."

Rejected by Morehouse?

The Rev. Kevin Johnson, of North Philly's Bright Hope Baptist Church, had been scheduled to be the baccalaureate speaker at his alma mater, Atlanta's Morehouse College, on May 18. A pretty big deal for any alum, but this year, Johnson would have the honor of sharing a bill with commencement speaker President Obama. That is, until Johnson penned a well-reasoned piece in the Philadelphia Tribune criticizing Obama for the lack of African-Americans in his Cabinet. A Bright Hope parishioner said that Johnson voiced his concerns that Morehouse may be trying to rescind his invitation.

When I asked Johnson whether he would speak at Morehouse, he responded in an email, "It is my understanding from [Morehouse College president John S. Wilson Jr.] that there has been a change. However, I have not received anything in writing."

Morehouse media relations did not return several calls or emails for comment.

Winners and 'Losers'

Need to lose 80 pounds or more? Want to get yelled at by Jillian Michaels? NBC's "The Biggest Loser" will be in town May 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shops at Liberty Place to cast for its upcoming 15th season. Candidates should bring a nonreturnable photo of themselves.

Murder, he wrote

The People Paper's own Jason Nark is featured in Tuesday night's episode of the true-crime series "Nightmare Next Door," profiling the death of 16-year-old Pennsauken resident Sherita Williams, on Investigation Discovery. The show, which airs at 9 p.m., "tells the tales of mysterious murders from behind white picket fences that rocked Middle America."

OUT AND ABOUT

* Former Food Network host and current producer Marc Summers dined at Osteria on Saturday night decked out in Boston Red Sox gear. My spies told me that Summers was chatty and inquisitive. "I don't know if a lot of people even realized who he was, he was just really that friendly," one spy told me.

* Actress/writer Brit Marling (she of the trippy sci-fi indie "Another Earth") and writer/director Zal Batmanglij stopped by the Barnes Foundation while they were in town, then supped on vegan fare from Vedge. I hear they loved it so much, they raved about it all the next day. The duo were in town promoting their new movie, "The East," in select theaters May 31.

* Cirque du Soleil heavies from the circus' "Totem" show lunched at Square 1682, including artistic director Tim Smith and artists Guilhem Cauchois and Philly native Greg Kennedy.


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