The TV reporter who sent NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen revealing photos of herself in a bikini - and got an hilarious, bitter e-mail response from Eisen's wife (who found them on their shared account) - says the pics are "harmless pictures" that "friends" swap.
Alycia Lane, an anchor at Philadelphia's CBS affiliate KYW-TV, just sent a statement to TMZ saying that she and Rich Eisen have been "purely platonic" friends "for almost 10 years" and that they "regularly exchange e-mail and photos."
THG NOTE: Chances are, they're not quite like Katie Rees photos. But they do feature Alycia Lane in bikini, apparently.
The New York Post reports that they exchanged "seven e-mails and several bikini photos" from Lane, which went into the account shared by the ESPN anchor and wife Suzy Shuster.
Nice. Suzy Shuster, in a letter obtained by the Post, hissed back at Lane:
"Boy, do you look amazing in a bikini ... congrats! Whatever you're doing, (Pilates? yoga?) keep doing it - it's working for you ... sorry but those seven e-mails you sent to my husband, Rich, well, oops, they came to the e-mail address we both use from time to time."
Oh snap! And to make matters worse, Shuster forwarded Rich Eisen's personal email address, "since you surely are trying so hard to get attention."
KYW-TV says it won't be taking any punitive action against Lane. Calls to Eisen and Shuster weren't returned. ESPN's Sports Guy and Sports Gal have not commented yet, either.
Last week, we learned a valuable lesson, courtesy of Alec Baldwin: If you tear your pre-teen daughter a new one, don't do so in the form of an insane tirade on her voicemail, where it can be recirculated endlessly over the Internet.
Today's lesson is along somewhat similar lines. Moderately hot bikini pics are all well and good, but before sending them to your married friends, make sure their wives don't also access that e-mail address. Do your homework.