Rob Morrison is a man on a mission. He wants his family unit glued back together and ultimately, he wants reconciliation with television as well.
The disgraced anchorman lost his cushy WCBS-TV morning anchor gig in February after allegations that he choked his wife, Ashley, a CBS MoneyWatch anchor who continues in her job.
While working to restore his marriage and shield their young son, Morrison hopes to get back into TV.
“I would hate it if my career ended in scandal,” Morrison tells Tuned In. “I gave everything I had to it. What’s happened here is definitely unfortunate.”
Morrison continues to profess his innocence about the alleged events on the Sunday morning at their house that led to his arrest. Morrison says once details from the case are made public, he thinks that will go a long way toward restoring his image.
“I’m not guilty of what I’m accused of and I’m hoping when that is proven people will understand it and I’ll get another opportunity somewhere.
“People who know the truth, including my wife, [are] horrified by things that have come out in the tabloids,” Morrison claims.
Morrison says his character is untarnished, but assigns some blame for his uphill battle.
“It’s more about the perception. Unfortunately, that is the TV business… At times, it has very little to do with reality,” Morrison says.
Morrison, who got his New York start in 1999, says he has “never been the bad guy before.”
Regarding the media’s fascination with him, Morrison, a former Marine, says it all about staying positive.
“I’m just a person,” Morrison says. “Bad things happen to people everyday.”
Although he found nasty comments online that caused him to cancel his Facebook account, Morrison, 44, relishes the in-person support he receives.
Still, he’s left to wonder if more resistance would come from outraged viewers or station execs.
“I think it would probably take a lot of courage for a station, frankly, to take a chance on me.
“The fact is I’m not the young up-and-coming guy anymore,” Morrison admits. “There are a zillion young kids who are eager and hungry to make a name for themselves.”
Talk of getting permanent “air time,” Morrison says, is premature.
“My first priority,” he says, “is to get this nightmare over with.”
The former Channel 2 and Channel 4 anchorman says he has no timetable for testing the TV waters.
“I’d like to go back on tomorrow, if I could,” Morrison laughs. “But I don’t think that’s realistic.”
He says a move to another part of the country would add even more stress for their son.
Morrison also hopes any professional “second chance” keeps him on the air in the top market. However, he’s not certain if New York stations have him on their radar.
“I don’t see myself as a big risk or a liability,” Morrison says. “It was an unfortunate, private incident.”
The Morrisons’ next Stamford court date is May 21.