Ah, the thrill of live television! The pressure, the endless hours of makeup, and the fear of making a mistake that will live forever on the internet. It’s a wonder anyone lasts longer than a week in this business.
But some anchors do stick it out for decades, becoming beloved fixtures in their local communities. That’s why it was quite a shock when one such anchor, who had been with Winston-Salem’s WXII for 11 years, decided to call it quits.
The Shocking News
WXII’s Stephanie Borrelli, a.k.a. Steph, announced her departure on social media with an unexpected twist. “I’m hanging up my IFB and trading early morning wake-ups for afternoon naps. I’m done with news, I’m joining daytime TV!”
That’s right, folks. Steph is heading to the world of game shows and talk shows, where she won’t have to report on homicides and political scandals anymore. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to ditch that kind of stress for a chance to host a cooking segment or interview D-list celebrities?
Reaction from the Community
The news of Steph’s departure from the evening news slot was met with mixed reactions. Some WXII viewers expressed disappointment that she was leaving, while others were excited to see her take on a new challenge.
However, one viewer had a particularly funny response to the news on Twitter: “Looks like I need to DVR ‘The Price is Right’ now that Steph’s hosting it. Best of luck to her!”
Perhaps this is a sign that Steph’s transition to daytime TV won’t be as rocky as some might expect.
Steph’s Career at WXII
Steph joined WXII in 2010 as the station’s weekend sports anchor, quickly rising through the ranks to become a main anchor on the evening news. During her time at the station, she covered everything from natural disasters to sports championships, winning a regional Emmy award along the way.
But as she explained in her Instagram post announcing her departure, it’s time for a change. “I’m excited for what’s next and can’t wait to share it with you all!”
The Appeal of Daytime TV
So, why exactly is Steph ditching the evening news for daytime TV? Well, for starters, she won’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn anymore. But there are other reasons too.
Daytime TV offers a different kind of challenge for hosts. Rather than just reporting on the news of the day, they have to keep viewers entertained for hours on end. That’s no easy feat, but for those who manage to pull it off, the rewards can be significant.
Just look at the success of shows like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Both shows have been on the air for years and have loyal followings. And let’s not forget about classic game shows like “Jeopardy!” which have been entertaining audiences for decades.
Steph’s Future in Daytime TV
While we don’t know exactly what show Steph will be hosting, we can assume that her knowledge of sports will come in handy. Perhaps she’ll host a sports-themed game show? Or maybe she’ll get her own cooking segment where she can show off her culinary skills.
One thing is for sure, fans will be eagerly anticipating her next move. And who knows, maybe she’ll even become the next big thing in daytime TV.
While Steph’s departure from WXII may be bittersweet for some viewers, it’s important to remember that change can be a good thing. We wish Steph all the best in her new venture and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
And for those of you who are mourning the loss of your favorite anchor, don’t fret. There are still plenty of talented journalists out there bringing you the news every day. And who knows, maybe the next big thing in local news is just around the corner.
Goodbye, Steph! We’ll miss you on the evening news, but can’t wait to see you on daytime TV!
- “WXII anchor Stephanie Borrelli announces she is leaving the news business.” WXII12, 28 June 2021, https://www.wxii12.com/article/wxii-anchor-stephanie-borrelli-leaving-news-business/36932947.
- “Stephanie Borrelli.” WXII12, https://www.wxii12.com/team/bca8994c-3d2b-4de7-9700-5e5f0d11ce5a.