Done. Gone. Out. No doubt.
“She is not an employee of ours anymore,” KSNV-TV, Channel 3 owner Jim Rogers said Monday about now ex-entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, 44.
Ralph Toddre, chief operating officer of KSNV’s parent company, Intermountain West Communications, added: “The decision was made (Monday). She has been informed, and she understands this is what is going on. It was just a matter of how she was going to release it.”
Asked whether she was fired, he replied, “It was mutual.” News-3 executives declined further comment, but a station source said the decision wasn’t made because of her publicized troubles with ex-boyfriend Vince Neil, but because of the station’s desire to “get out of the gossip business.”
On Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Jacobs would leave News-3 after discussions with executives. Late Friday, Jacobs released a statement to R-J columnist Norm Clarke saying that “several productive meetings” had been held and “my station and I are in no hurry to decide anything so I will take a bit of time to decide what is best.”
She called the R-J report “completely inaccurate.” Asked about the initial story, Toddre said: “Your report was not inaccurate.”
The R-J tried to reach Jacobs on Monday for comment, but her voicemail box was full, and she did not respond to an email. However, she did tell her Twitter followers that “it has become clear that KSNV no longer shared my passion (for) entertainment reporting that I have.”
News-3’s entertainment reporter since 2003, after a stint at KTNV-TV, Channel 13, Jacobs became a marquee name with her “Stage 3” reports as well as on “News-3 Today” and “Wake-Up with the Wagners.” She had also become a frequent guest on national programs.
However, she was increasingly drawn into stories she covered, such as the 2009 death of her friend entertainer Danny Gans and the rift over Carrie Prejean’s comments on gay marriage in the Miss USA contest, for which she was a judge.
Her dating life also was chronicled in the media: recently her relationship with Neil, of Motley Crue, whom she interviewed on News-3 this year while dating him, when he was released to home confinement after serving jail time for a DUI conviction in June.
After Jacobs ended their relationship last month, Neil allegedly poked her during a rant at the Las Vegas Hilton. Neil has denied touching Jacobs but has been charged with battery-domestic violence and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He is to answer the charges May 2 at Las Vegas Justice Court.
Though KLAS-TV, Channel 8 competed with Jacobs using ex-Las Vegas entertainment reporter Kate Maddox in 2003, and KVVU-TV, Channel 5 covers entertainment on its “More” programs, Jacobs was the dominant TV reporter on the beat.
On her Twitter page Monday, she claimed that “for the past few weeks, I’ve been in talks regarding an exciting new project” and “it’s a show (you) all know and will hopefully love.”
She did not provide details.