Friday, May 04, 2007

TV Anchor's Bikini Pictures Cause Uproar

When a television-news friend of NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen e-mailed him pictures of herself in a bikini, they were intercepted -- by his wife.

Alycia Lane, anchor for Philadelphia's KYW-TV, said the vacation pictures were part of "harmless" banter between "two old friends," not an attempt to break up Eisen's four-year marriage.

"I hope love comes to me. I'm not looking for it with a married man," Lane, recently divorced a second time, told The Philadelphia Inquirer in Wednesday's editions. "I have been the married girl who was cheated on."

The New York Post, which reported on the flap in a gossip column Tuesday, said Eisen's wife, former Fox and ABC sports reporter Suzy Shuster, got the e-mails in an account she shares with her husband and responded with a snarky letter to Lane.

"Boy, do you look amazing in a bikini ... congrats! Whatever you're doing, (Pilates? yoga?) keep doing it -- it's working for you," Shuster wrote, according to the Post. "Anyway, sorry but those seven e-mails you sent to my husband, Rich, well, oops, they came to the e-mail address we both use from time to time, but no worries, I'll forward the beach shots as well as the ones of you dancing with your friends on to his main address. Do you have it?"

Lane, 34, said that she was "mortified" by the whole story, and that she and Eisen have corresponded frequently since meeting nearly 10 years ago when she worked at a station in New York and Eisen worked for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

"Our relationship has always been purely platonic," Lane said.

A spokesman for Eisen said he and his wife "couldn't have a more solid relationship and are amazed that people find this whole episode so interesting."

Shuster, through the same spokesman, said: "It's tough being married to such a handsome guy."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.

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