Greg Kelly addresses the scandal he just emerged from, briefly, on his return to 'Good Day'
"So you're back!" Rosanna Scotto said to her co-host at the top of the 7 a.m. hour of "Good Day New York."
After a two week hiatus, Greg Kelly returned to the Fox 5 morning show today following the Manhattan District Attorney's decision earlier this week not to pursue rape charges against him.
As expected, Kelly, son of police commissioner Ray Kelly, addressed the controversy that had kept him off the air and out of public since Jan. 26, when news spread that a woman had accused him of raping her following a date at South Street Seaport back in October. After investigating, the D.A.'s office determined that the accusations did not "fit the definitions of sexual assault crimes under New York criminal law."
In a brief statement that echoed the one he issued to the press Tuesday night after his attorney was notified that the probe had been dropped, Kelly thanked his supporters and said he was happy to be back without directly mentioning the rape allegation.
"Rosanna, it's great to see you," said the anchor, wearing a crisp dark suit and shiny silver tie.
"It was a tough couple of weeks, obviously, for a lot of people, and I'm very very grateful for all the support I had here at Fox 5, the support from my family, friends, those I care about, and the viewers of course," he said.
He touched Scotto's right hand.
"I'm especially grateful to this lady who sits next to me," he said, to audible applause from behind the cameras. "You ready to get back to work?"
"I am so happy you're back," said Scotto. "We're going right back to where we left off."
In recent interviews with Capital, experts predicted that if Kelly's name was cleared, his career would weather the storm. But they stressed the importance of publicly acknowledging the scandal.
"He's got to reference that it happened," a veteran TV news executive told us. "He can't just pretend that it didn't."