PEMBROKE PARK — The WPLG-Channel 10 anchorman who tweeted — while on the air this morning — that he’s quitting says years of commuting back and forth to Los Angeles to see his sons have taken their toll!
Jason Martinez, who abruptly announced his departure while anchoring his morning newscast, says it recently became obvious he couldn’t continue live a continent apart from his two sons, Jagger, 10, and Carson, 8.
They remained on Left Coast when he came to South Florida’s ABC affiliate in 2010.
“I’m moving back to Los Angeles,” the L.A.-bred 34-year-old said. “I’ve been going back and forth twice a month, and it’s expensive and time-consuming and tiring. I arrive in L.A. at 2 p.m. on Friday, if the flights are on time, and I have to get back on the plane Sunday by noon.
“I choose my sons over this job.”
Martinez says he recently was offered prime-time anchoring duties at the station, but even having one of the area’s poshest gigs couldn’t keep him here.
“I want to make it clear I’m not being pushed out, and I’m not getting fired,” he said. “WPLG has been great for me and my career.”
Martinez isn’t going home empty-handed: He’s taking former Miss Florida Lissette Garcia, his fiancee, with him. She hosts paid programing on CBS4.
He says he’s got a new TV gig lined up in Tinseltown but declined to provide details.