For whatever reason, Philly.com posted a picture of a woman with her left breast on blast as the lead image for a story that ran yesterday. The woman happens to be Erica Smitheman, the fiancée of former Fox 29 meteorologist John Bolaris, and her breast is the perfect accent to the column's title: "Bolaris' fiancé sends titillating tweets." Zing! On the bright side, at least it was a professional photograph from Playboy.
The back story: Smitheman allegedly jacked Bolaris' Twitter account while he slept, and after sipping on Pinot Grigio, promised to post nude photos of herself. The former Playboy model did not post any naked photos of herself, but did engage with followers and snapped on a few who had negative comments about Bolaris. Philly.com reached out to Smitheman via text message to confirm that Bolaris' account had not been hacked, and she confirmed that it was her behind the wheel.
It's been a rough year for Bolaris, who was fired by Fox 29 in January after essentially getting involved in some Eastern Promises shit. He was suspended by the station last December after Playboy (how ironic?) published an article about how he was drugged and robbed by two very attractive and dangerous women in Miami in 2010. Though he survived his encounter with the organized crime group, it was R.I.P. for his days as a weatherman for Fox 29.
Philly.com executive producer of entertainment Leah Kauffman issued a statement about the delinquent photo:
We apologize for the production glitch that allowed an inappropriate photo to accompany this story earlier this morning. We have since removed the photo and are taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.
Mistakes happen, and a the end of the day, Bolaris will be fine. He's happily engaged, but he should ask Smitheman to kindly stay the fuck away from his Twitter account.