NBC 5 anchor Jane McGarry is gone effective today, the station announced in a statement released a while ago.
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Long-time NBC 5 news anchor Jane McGarry announced that she will leave effective today, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager said, "We support Jane's decision and truly thank her for her many contributions to NBC 5 throughout her long and distinguished career. We wish her the very best."
Jane McGarry said, "I want to thank the people of North Texas for inviting me into their homes for 30 wonderful years. In today's world, 30 years is a long time to stay in any one job. I leave grateful for the wonderful career I have had at NBC 5 and am looking forward with anticipation to the next phase of my professional life."
McGarry, you'll recall, has been off the air since she was arrested for drunk driving back in May. NBC didn't address her recent guilty plea in its statement, but McGarry did.
Hi, it's been a while :) I want to thank you for all your kindness. You have touched my heart. I have something I want to tell you.
I pleaded no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. I apologize for my irresponsible behavior and am grateful that the police did their job and no one was hurt. Blood alcohol tests showed my blood alcohol level was .11, which is over the legal limit, and therefore I should not have been driving. I have paid a fine of $1,200, will be on probation for 18 months and will participate in at least 40 hours of community service. I am deeply sorry for making such a terrible mistake and pledge it will never happen again.
Godspeed, Jane McGarry. If Unfair Park ever decides to do TV news, you'll be our first choice to anchor.