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Mark Hayes leaving Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta’

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Mark Hayes, a fixture on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” since 2002, is voluntarily leaving the show, according to a Fox 5 spokeswoman. Friday is his final day.

The station would have liked him to have stayed on if he had chosen to.

He will make his official announcement Friday morning during the 7 a.m. hour.

UPDATE: At 8:55 a.m. Friday morning, Fox 5 played a tribute video of light-hearted moments from Hayes’ ten years with the show, laughing with a lizard, the Rock, Ryan Seacrest and Terry Bradshaw.  He’s seen singing K.C. & the Sunshine Band, dancing  Irish Riverdance and cleaning a barbecue.

“This has been an incredibly fast ten years,” Hayes said. “I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. It’s been an honor and privilege to work with all you guys because you guys are the best in the business. I’m going to miss you guys truly. You guys are friends and family. We’ve done graduations together… My guys were babies when we got here. Now they’re grown and gone. Kenny’s in the Navy and Malcolm is just about grown up. He’s graduating high school in a couple of years. Where does the time go?”

“I leave with a heavy heart but I leave with no regrets, no complaints. This was not an easy decision,” he added. He did not indicate what his future plans are.

Hayes was co-anchor with Suchita Vadlamani for much of that time until she left in late 2010 after some management shifts. (Vadlamani has not returned to TV.).  Last year, Hayes was moved to the 5 to 7 a.m. anchoring hours and does reporting from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Buck Lanford took his place from 7 to 9 a.m., with Vadlamani’s replacement Gurvir Dhindsa.

“He brought a lot of energy to the mornings,” said Jan Hickel, who was the guest coordinator for several years and left last year. “They had great chemistry. They had fun on air together.”

Brett Martin, the former Fox 5 “Road Warrior” and a friend of Hayes, said he thinks Hayes wants to branch out and do other things. “He wants to grow,” Martin said.

The most recent “Road Warrior” who was let go last year, Stacey Elgin wrote to me that she loved working with him: “Mark was very professional on air and had a huge fan base. He will be missed by so many in the community!”

Bill Schneider, the Fox 5 general manager, released this statement:

“We have enjoyed working with Mark over the past 10 years. He has always demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for his work and it has resonated well with our viewers. We will miss Mark’s passion and wish him the best of luck in his future.”

Ratings have generally been on the upswing for “Good Day Atlanta,” which battles “The Today Show” for the No. 2 slot in the mornings.

Hayes did not respond to a call and text.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

240 comments Add your comment

Weena

April 5th, 2012
8:25 pm

Rodney, what do you care? We know you’re watching Logo.

Fan

April 5th, 2012
8:29 pm

Mid Ga Retiree

April 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

No great loss.

HOTLANTA

April 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

Get a real black person wow. Oh he wasn’t black because he wasn’t saying “yo baby”. Get a real white person like Charlie Sheen or Lisa Lohan to take his spot. Just leave some meth and alcohol at their desks and they will show up everyday. No Channel 5 better yet get a real white guy that is one of those white guys who was running in the bushes from Chris Hansell on Dateline’s “To Catch A Predator. You have a lot of them to choose from to take his spot.

Kapoonka

April 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

Mark and Suchita made “who killed who” a.k.a “the news’ tolerable. They had “chemistry”, and now that’s all gone. Buck is a dweeb and a sports guy, so it’s hard to take him seriously..I don’t want to sound harsh but…..Gurvir used to be super cute, but age has been less than kind to her, and she needs to eat a hamburger or two. Her crows feet are scary and unflattering in high def, and you can always tell when she’s in a bad mood. I guess it’s ESPN Sports Center with my morning tea….Mark will do fine….I wish him the best

Sam Heard

April 5th, 2012
8:35 pm

WoW–I have been a fan from day one when Paul Ossman and Amanda Davis started Good Day Atlanta–lot of changes over the years–but this one takes the cake—-finally get someone that most people liked and now this!! I WILL HAVE TO GET MYSELF TO LIKE Better Mornings on another channel now that Mark is leaving too!!!! you guys at fox 5 are really screwing your show up.

Weena

April 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

Rodney, we need a hack writer at Project Q. Please send writing sample to weena@arsepirate.com.

Julie Milum

April 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

This saddens me very much. I loved waking up to Mark every morning. He always had me smiling! Good luck Mark!!!!!!!

malleesmom

April 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

bummer that Mark’s leaving the station. Now that I live in Minneapolis, I am wishing (hoping) he’s coming up here. :)

JMoore

April 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

I knew it wouldn’t be long after Suchita left. I also knew when they (Suchita & Mark) were no longer on, the show would suffer….and it has. I will be looking for a new morning show, but unfortunately there are not any good local morning shows on in the ATL. The new show’s energy is lame and very fake. I do wish the best to Mark and I will miss his humor first thing in the morning. There is nothing like waking up with laughter.

Sorry-2-C-U-G0

April 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

Well, time to turn to WSB-TV. Definitely, not a good decision on management’s part. Wishing you the best and brightest future. You’ve go talent – fly with it – don’t look back – no regrets – JUST FLY! I’ll have Tyler Perry’s people call your people!

bob

April 5th, 2012
8:56 pm

The Fox 5-News management team is a corporate train wreck. They must have some research that says make the morning news as vanilla and boring as possible and ratings will increase. If that’s the strategy, then anyone with a personality at Fox News had better update the resume.

Mr. C

April 5th, 2012
9:12 pm

What will we do now!!!! Good Day Atlanta ratings will go down. I missed him when they moved him a couple of months ago for no good reason. I recorded the show just because of him. I guess I will listen to music in the mornings now! FOX 5 should appreciate their people!!

The STATION MANAGER needs to start packing his or her bags!!!!

Mr. C

April 5th, 2012
9:17 pm

The only good news show has lost the person that made it good. How could they let him leave!! If you took two hours of my on air time I would leave too!!!

STATION MANAGER PACK YOUR BAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick James

April 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

Best of luck Mark..Never cared for your plastic on air personality but you’re a pro.

Daryl-Atlanta

April 5th, 2012
9:26 pm

Bring back Paul Ossmann to host (as he did in the 1990s).

Cassandra

April 5th, 2012
9:30 pm

well now that Mark is leaving, I guess I don’t have a real reason for staying tuned in. I was really noticing that they was playing musical chairs with the staff. 1st S.V., then Jeff went to nights and whatever, and now my favorite….I am going to miss his smile, and now I have to find a replacement morning news.

I P Rainwater

April 5th, 2012
9:48 pm

True professional and very good at what you did. I guess Fox 5 just lost another viewer. GOOD LUCK to you maybe I can get to work on time now.

Fritz

April 5th, 2012
9:50 pm

Mark Suchita, and Jeff were an outstanding team. The three of you did an outstanding job and had wonderful chemistry. Mark I wish you nothing but the best in whatever you decide to do in the future. FOX 5 lost most of my support when they made the decision to not renew Suchita’s contract and now that you are leaving it’s off to CNN and the Today show.

fox-5 fan

April 5th, 2012
9:55 pm

I hate to see Mark leave,but I knew he wouldn’t stay long after Suchita left,they were a great team,all of them from the weather ,traffic and Karen , then they moved people around and placed Buck and Guvir as the 7-9 am anchors and they suck, I’ve been threathening to switch to channel 2 news or channel 46 news since the shake-up between Mark and Suchita, now I’m really switching.

Sargent

April 5th, 2012
10:06 pm

Never watched him because I couldn’t get past his looks. He certainly was not “eye candy”.

lillian

April 5th, 2012
10:15 pm

I knew something was up when Mark’s airtime was minimized. Suchita, Mark, and Jeff were a winning combination. They had so much fun together and they were professional. I think this is a mistake.

Stephanie

April 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

Ronnie

April 5th, 2012
10:18 pm

Now I know I want be watching Fox 5, I guess that want a more lighter audience….

Hollywood

April 5th, 2012
10:22 pm

This is just wrong! You are right… the management needs to go now! This spells it out. They have no idea about this community and what they are doing. There has been so much controversy at the station. I have watched the show for years.. and now I can’t watch at all. Everyone… Suchita, Stacey, Jeff and Mark and all gone and the show simply SUCKS!
The News Director is known to be a beer drinking, college dropout and the General Manager a pompous jerk. Good Luck Mark.. you will be better off!

Meeks

April 5th, 2012
10:26 pm

Suchita, Stacy and now Mark. Man this is unnerving and disappointing. Stacy was a pleasure to watch and good, Suchita and Mark had chemistry, Mark is a good anchor and I wish him well. And yes, Jeff moves around like a bunny rabbit.

coldwater frioagua

April 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

Mark was the show! Those expressions after a weird story were priceless! Best of luck MH

Jerry Foster Smith

April 5th, 2012
10:57 pm

Mark and the whole gang are favorites of mine early in morning. I hate to see changes but I have no criticism. I wish him the best and all the rest of the gang. They, along with others all during the day, have made Channel Five my choice for great viewing.
We have been treated well in Calhoun by the whole gang.

cmitchell

April 5th, 2012
11:17 pm

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cmitchell

April 5th, 2012
11:19 pm

won’t be the same without him :( ((. i wish him all the best though. he and Suchita were such a great team.

Fed Up

April 5th, 2012
11:47 pm

I’m sick of Fox news, and what they have done to their morning show. Mark & Suchita had chemistry and personality. Now we have to listen to Gurvir who NEEDS to eat something…she looks anorexic and unhealthy…Her personality is not only bland, but it’s fake as all get out.
I’ve been wanting to say this for months, but the only one that’s halfway entertaining is Cheryl and it’s only because my boyfriend and I have a good laugh when we see what she’s wearing each morning…she’s as big as my flat screen. Hasn’t anyone even remotely suggested that she start working out and eating right, especially since they are always talking about being healthy on the show?
I had a feeling months ago that Mark was on the way out since Buck was in his place and Mark was “Out on the road”
It seems to me that everyone that has been sent out on the road, is shortly “out the door”
I really enjoyed the morning show back when Mark and Suchita were there, since then Fox has done nothing but go down hill. It seems they have NO CLUE and only wish to only have a crew of boring personalities…I’m done! Bye morning show! Mark, best wishes on where ever you may go!

Karen

April 5th, 2012
11:47 pm

OMG..I am sooo sadden by this news of Mark leaving. I knew something was going on. Mark you were the only reason why I continued to watch Fox5..I pray you have much success in your future endeavors. You have an AWESOME style and FULL of class! You will SURELY be missed!
You made all the bad news not seem so bad. I appreciated your humor in the mornings. I pray GOD’S continued blessings for you and your family. Stay Strong and continue to be a “Man among Men”. Let your “haters be your elevator”.

Goodbye "Good Day Atl"

April 6th, 2012
12:00 am

This is a very sad day. I will MISS Mark dearly :( ! He was like family. My big brother is gone: heartbreaking! I love to watch him every morning while getting prepared to start my day. He always made me laugh and sometimes to the point that I was crying. I especially enjoyed seeing him and Brett (previous Road Warrior) together. I was upset with his unannounced departure from the show. I’m not sure what I am going to watch now because the show will never be the same. He added personality. Please keep us posted with his future endeavors because I would love to support him and especially watch. Good Luck Mark!

peachy

April 6th, 2012
12:01 am

I actually liked Mark, he was funny during the whole Tiger Woods thing, kept trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. Too bad for Fox 5, I don’t even know the names of anyone else anymore on the show. O/T I can’t wait until ABC cancels that stupid Live with Kelly, it is horrible.

MissingMark

April 6th, 2012
12:21 am

I hate this! I Love Mark Hayes, I often joked he was the only one that cared and made me laugh when I had the flu. When I work remotely, I look forward to seeing his face and hearing his voice. Fox is making a HUGE mistake…

sharon

April 6th, 2012
1:19 am

I knew it!!! First Suchita was let go, Jeff they are grooming for Ken Cook’s chief weather spot when he retires. I knew when I saw Buck in that seatttt. I knew things were not going well. the chemeristy is not there with the group they have now. I miss Mark Jeff & Suchita.. I hate 11 alive news …..guess it’s channel 46 for me. We wish you well Mark.

mjatl

April 6th, 2012
2:13 am

Wow!!! Fox5 what are you guys doing??? You’re running everyone away!!! Mark and Suchitha were a great fit together. Seems after she left (and they brought back Gurvir), it has not been the same. There is something different about Gurvir since she’s come back – can’t pinpoint it, but she’s definitely not as fun as she was before. Anyway, I wish Mark the BEST in whatever his new endeavor’s will be – same as Suchitha!!

J.C

April 6th, 2012
4:29 am

I worked with Mark on the show and he is a stellar anchor and person! He is both down to earth and professional. He represented Howard University well and is an excellent father. Atlanta TV is facing a major loss of an African-American role model. This is the end of an era. We hope Fox 5 will do the work to find a suitable replacement (preferably of color). Oh and Fox 5 please get a fun and funny Road Warrior like Brett Martin and Melissa were — not the boring last one. People want to laugh in the morning not be bored to tears listening to some straight-laced reporter!

Nonia

April 6th, 2012
5:49 am

First Suchita, then they move Jeff to another time slot, now Mark. Oh but they keep the robotic Gurvir pairing her with Buck? Gurvir is boring as heck and whats with the robotic body movements.
Buck is clearly not intrested in the places he is sent out in the field and is as stiff as a corpse when reporting from the field and the studio because the core of him is redneck. He would rather be out deer and possum hunting rather than be made to put on a suit.
Mark Hayes is a classy family guy who has very educated teenage as well. Mark knows and has tried to show other young men how to be professional and also look professional as well. I honestly knew that was only a matter of time after Suchita left the show that he would soon follow. I’m so sick of Cheryl and her “Don’t go there traffic report” and JoAnn Fieldman who clearly wears a wig and never switches up her look from the neck up. The only thing this station has going for it is Amanda, Ken Cook and Lisa Rayam, other than these individuals, the station is a waste land. For the evening news I’ll still watch FOX but the mornings, it will be CBS and ABC (GMA).

robo

April 6th, 2012
6:18 am

Look to Mark Pettit, Jimmy Baron or Steve McCoy for a solid replacement. They need a goofy-type guy for the ladies to pick on….

kevin

April 6th, 2012
6:32 am

hotlanta=ghetto queen

Billy

April 6th, 2012
6:37 am

It’s the “Elaine Zittac” method in operation here, for those of you who remember that talentless manager from years back. Some people can’t handle authority, they have to throw their weight around to justify their positions. Maybe they’ll fire the person responsible for this disaster. Talk about just desserts…

Regina

April 6th, 2012
7:03 am

Will miss him in the mornings he always has a smile on his face people who put race into play are ignorant. He has brought alot of personality to the am show. Wish nothing but the best for him amd his family!!!!!!!

Sheronda

April 6th, 2012
7:12 am

Will miss you Mark as much as I have missed Suchita since she has been gone. You both were some of the REALIST journalist that I’ve enjoyed watching, but I have to be honest and say that I switched once Suchita left because it just wasn’t the same. You, her and Jeff had TRUE chemistry and I wish you all the best in your future journey….whatever it may be!!!

Priscilla

April 6th, 2012
7:14 am

I will miss Mark like I miss Suchita. Won’t be watching any more because I hate to say that Guivir and Buck are boring. Good bye Fox 5 News. I am leaving you.

SweetGASunshine

April 6th, 2012
7:17 am

I almost stopped watching the show after Suchita left by kept watching because I liked Mark. The show was never the same after Suchita and will definitely lack real personality without Mark. Sounds like Fox 5 Atlanta needs to take better care of their people. So sad!

Theresa

April 6th, 2012
7:19 am

Mark Hayes i will miss you so much!!!!!!!!! Best of luck to you in the future to come.Devastating News i will truly miss seeing you every morning the fox5 team will not be the same!!!

Coach Bobby Petrino

April 6th, 2012
7:32 am

I wish Mark Hayes well, but I sure hope he isn’t going to try to take away my Head Job of the Football program at the University of Arkansas.

PM

April 6th, 2012
7:33 am

That’s it for me, Mark Leaving and so am I, Channel Two will be my new morning news network…….

PAM

April 6th, 2012
7:39 am

I will miss you Mark, however I know your future will be bright. As to RODNEY you better open your eyes to reality, it is racism. Goodluck Mr Voice!!