Social Media reacts to Jenny “Milk” leaving Fox 32

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Jenny Milkowski posted the above image on her Instagram account

Jenny Milkowski posted the above image on her Instagram account

Fox 32 made a stupid move. Not my words, although I would fall on that side of the fence, but the response of a Jenny Milkowski fan after learning that the Emmy-winning traffic reporter “abruptly” departed the station last Friday.

In her own statement, Milkowski, the #1 digital talent in Chicago according to sharerocket, wrote the following:

“Fox told me abruptly Friday they are ‘going in a different direction’ and that ‘it was nothing personal’ … they wanted someone who is a ‘more serious’ traffic anchor. I’m not entirely sure what that means, since I am very serious about traffic reporting and the impact of traffic on Chicago area drivers. Yet, I have no hard feelings toward Fox and I wish the station the very best as it makes changes.”

ALSO READ: Jenny Milkowski’s full statement

It was announced yesterday that Michelle Alegria, who was with ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, will take over as traffic reporter for “Good Day Chicago.” While the choice may have been popular at Fox, social media ain’t having it.

Hundreds of fans were shocked, angry and sad at the announcement. The posts on Milkowski’s Facebook and Instagram accounts show how beloved she really is, making Fox 32’s decision even more of a head scratcher.

Some of the choice ones:

“Ack… sorry to learn of the news. But I know you’ll kick ass in your next opportunity just the same.” – Patrick Scott Patterson

“Just caught up with the fact that Fox 32 made a stupid move and let you go. You’re the reason I would watch the news! Wishing you the best in your future endeavors, fellow cat mom, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!” – Savannah Trischler

“You will always be one of my favorite Chicago TV personalities! And my friend. This is the headshot photo you sent me because of my support for you when you were in Dancing With Chicago Celebrities.” – Tracy L. Bellows

“News is boring without Jenny Milkowski. I guess there’s always WGN.” – Scott Neill

“Michelle Alegria is no Jenny Milkowski” – Ed Rodriguez

“We’ve switched to WGN for morning news at the firehouse in protest. We want Milk Back!!! – dujohn4

“Letting Jenny Milkowski go to get someone ‘more serious’? Seriously? No one wants more serious in the morning. I mean, treat your job serious, which she did, but have fun with it. Which she did. Bad move.” – Vincenzo Kely

“She’s leaving? That’s too bad. I liked her. Polish women r the best.” – Edwina Zielinski Binotti

“Been out of the loop with news this past week. I turned it on this morning and didn’t see you and I looked on your page and Bam!! Wow shocked.” – Mike Green

 
That is just a sampling of the hundreds of reactions from Chicago viewers.

Jenny and her cat
Jenny and her cat

I only recently became aware of the entire “Milk” persona because I live in LA, but after stumbling upon her Instagram account and Facebook profile, I found her funny, approachable and genuine. I think that’s what her fans see in her as well, whether it is a traffic report, a behind-the-scenes look at the news or goofy pictures with her cat.

Reel Chicago reached out to Fox 32 for a statement. They did not return our request.

 
Email Colin Costello at colin@reelchicago.com or follow him on Twitter @colincostello10.

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  • Carl Jenkins

    Fox new in the morning made a horrible misjudgment of what the viewers want. Jenny was the reason most of us tuned in to watch FOX, with her departure FOX will see a departure of many of it’s viewers. Milk you are the BEST

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you for your support! I worked very hard and am saddened by this decision. I wanted to stay there for years. But I wish them the best as they continue to make changes.

      • Carl Jenkins

        Hopefully you will stay in the Chicago market, and yes you were always one of the hardest working. I remember traffic reports you would give in tweets on your way home from work. Wishing you the best. And I cherish the headshot I received from you for dancing with the Chicago stars

        • Jenny Milkowski

          🙂

      • vercingetorix

        Can Soy Boy get you a job at ABC?

        • Ed

          Why would she want to take your job?

  • The highlight of my mornings at cardio rehab and all the guys love jenny .we will request they change the channel at the cardio center

    • Jenny Milkowski

      thank you SO much! xoxox I wanted to stay there for years to come 🙁

      • Herr Wolf

        You should go audition at Polekatz

        • Ed

          What is your problem? You’re a jerk

  • Herr Wolf

    Obviously she wasn’t doing the job Fox wanted or they wouldn’t have fired her a*s.

  • vercingetorix

    I stopped watching Fox because of her. Hopefully she doesn’t get another job on Chicago TV.

  • bob

    seriously, stupid move. i have nothing to do with illinois or chicgo.. only watched 32 because of mikes weather reporting.. but stuck around for jennys traffic because my daughter uses I94 to get towards lake cook road area and jenny was fantastic in covering the entire area with rapid effectiveness .bad move fox.. sorry mike i may be out

    • trtr1

      Supposedly she was having an affair with someone in Fox Chicago management and it was causing disruptions on the staff

      • Jenny Milkowski

        hey, get a life 🙂 It’s so sad you sit on these message boards and attack someone with utter lies, because you don’t have a life of your own. I did a wonderful job at FOX and they know it. New bosses mean they want their own people. I did nothing wrong. I wish you the absolute best in your life and I hope you find some happiness and meaning to your life xoxox

        • lr4165

          Trtr1 owns a total of five comments, so he/she/it created a profile solely to make snarky comments on this thread, i.e. no credibility.
          Your many fans know better.

        • Vox de Veris

          so awesomely well-handled Ms. M1lkowsk1. Trag1c under-apprec1ation of a l3git 21st century market1ng gen1us. Certa1nly U r a polymath1c med1a talent unreal1zed. Embrace the new-found freedom perspective. U would br1ng tremendous thunder 2 an upcom1ng proj3ct. It a very large altru1stic endeavor fueled by soc1al med1a. This is not about money, but log1cally would present tremendous 3xposure as U platform into Ur next 1ncarnation. look 4 it on fb “anonymou5 angel5”. – take care

        • trtr1

          Actually- my brother-in-law is a producer for Fox News.

        • Garrick Troupe

          Jenny Milk I am personally at a lost over your abrupt.dismissal and have really grown to seeing u first thing in the morning .You were very imformitive,entertaining and funny at keeping it real at fox.Don’t pay any attention to any negativity that comes your way,no need to explain to air heads about who u are and what u are.about .Stay doing u at your best and I look forward to seeing u headlining another show.U have to lots of talent and a whole lot of charisma ,stay being u and keep your head in the clouds because u are still that bright star up there continue to take care of ur cats and u will be back soon

          • Jenny Milkowski

            Thank you, Garrick! I appreciate your support! xoxox 🙂 means a lot to me.

          • Garrick Troupe

            Good morning Jenny Milk ,how does it feel.to be missed on fox.They needed u on fox this morning to give a polish lesson on polshki I could be butchering it up but it was some.kind of danish they were serving and they didnt know the.flavors. I laughed and.thought of u.U would have got.them all straight. Mike Caplan was serving them it was all too funny.they kept it professional.I learned.german when I was in europe some yrs ago.and I would.catch ur segments.sometimes and try to learn what u.were teaching.thats a cool.language to learn maybe u can become a translater for immigration.or the c.i.a ur star.is.still.blasting best of luck to u your friend from Indiana

      • Stop throwing shade at Milkowski. You’re acting like you hit on her and she turned you down. Repeatedly. Wait. Did that happen? Do you need a hug?

        • Jenny Milkowski

          I need a hug, Colin 😉

        • trtr1

          “throwing shade” what a a d-bag.

      • Vox de Veris

        Matt Piacente.

      • Vox de Veris

        Frankly she was exceptional at the job, seems you have a degree of unreasonable animosity. That being said, an intuitive person picks up a great deal of narcissism and snobbishness. Turning of the back on charitable causes, and a warmer reception given to those that can immediately further her career. There were ads being run to hire a social media assistant, of course it is logical to question why the traffic girl has a need to hire assistants. When you have a boss, they tend to frown on promotion of self more than taking a moment to promote the program, station, or network. As stated, she was exceptional at the job and certainly over achieved relative to the basic job description. She has a strong personality and is able to build a fan base, still though, the narcissism radiates. President Trump has a strong personality, and many fans as well. A person like that can help further just about any cause, regardless of how they conduct themselves personally. We still hope to work with Ms. Milkowski. We attempted warm and genuine, can’t do overcompliments, must b kept real. Now a more objective and honest approach, but possibly not blunt enough.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANKS, BOB 🙂

  • Dale Ryan

    I miss you Jenny!! No more fox for me!!!

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Dale 🙂

  • CJ

    FOX – We switched to FOX to watch Caplan’s weather and grew to love Jenny. Now she’s gone? Big mistake. Big. Huge.
    Jenny – Best of luck and we will be looking for you! You are a great (and serious) traffic reporter and we are sure you will be great with whatever you choose to do next. Wishing you all the best!!

    • Jenny Milkowski

      CJ! THANK YOU XOXOX

  • Tim Lowry

    This was a huge mistake . I’m so disappointed . ? We want Jenny

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANKS, TIM 🙂

  • John Lengyel

    I really miss Jenny! Not the same in the mornings on Fox 32 Chicago. I wish her the best in her future. I am still hearbroken, Like the rest of the best #MilkFans

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANKS, JOHN! 🙂

  • LeBron Hitler X

    IM GONNA MISS THE THIRST FOR ATTENTION, FROM THIS THOT!

    • trtr1

      Her double entendres and shameless flirting were quite off putting. I couldn’t even have Fox on if my children were in the room

  • Sandra Kassabian

    Sorry FOX, you’ve FUBAR. I guess we’ll be watching WGN or GAM now. Good lucky Jenny, we’ll miss your smiling face in the mornings. Traffic in Chicago is serious enough by itself, now it’ll just be even dryer.

    • trtr1

      NBC is good in the morning- Kye Martin does a fantastic job and she is quite lady-like.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Sandra!

  • trtr1

    Michelle Allegria is doing a fantastic job!

  • Matthew Stanley

    I enjoyed watching Fox because of you. I enjoyed all the added things that you were involved in that you brought to the table. I guess you were just too outgoing for them. If I would have to guess they wanted another robot in this position that would only do the traffic and would not pursue other things and engage the very Chicagoans that make their show what it is. Things happen for a reason and I believe this will allow you to chase your dreams. Knowing you only through social media, I’m sure you will have the time of your life and achieve everything that you set out to do. Best of luck. Matt Manteno, Illinois.

    • Matthew Stanley

      I’m sure you are already entertaining the idea but I just wanted to say that I can see you hosting a daily or some sort of show where you travel around not just Chicago but Illinois or maybe the U.S. for that matter. I can see your show being called, “Your Morning Milk with Jenny” or something similar. I know we all will be seeing you back on T.V. soon. Best wishes to you.

      • Jenny Milkowski

        🙂 I appreciate your support and taking the time to comment

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANKS, MATTHEW 🙂 I TRIED.

  • Ron Nolan

    I just found out that Jenny was gone this morning, big shock! So I’m watching the new traffic girl Michelle Alegria, I think it was her first day, she seemed to be stumbling over her words and even dropped her remote, I wasn’t impressed. Fox has broke up the family.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT, RON 🙂

  • lr4165

    Done with Fox32. Switching to wherever Jenny goes, and I’m sure she’ll have many choices.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      THANK YOU 🙂

  • rich orozco

    What is wrong with Fox Chicago??? There is too much turnover!!!…. I leave for 1 week to go on vacation & Jenny is no longer there 🙁

    She did a great job and was fun too watch … funny too.

    Wish you the best & I hope you do bigger and better things.

    Good luck…. – Rich O.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Rich! I miss ya guys! xoxox

  • Ron Nolan

    My second day of watching FOX with the new traffic girl, she is reading the teleprompter to us poorly and I think she made her own dress today too…time to shop around for a new morning news station. For me just knowing what happened behind the scenes with Jenny getting fired for doing a good job and now watching the other members of Fox acting like they like the girl just makes the whole broadcast unpalatable for my taste.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks for your support, Ron! It’s definitely a sad situation BUT that being said, I wish them the best and so excited for my new journey 🙂

  • larry barker

    I will be watching WGN now. Good luck Jenny

    • Jenny Milkowski

      thanks, Larry! I used to work there behind the scenes. good group of people!

  • Pat O’Rourke

    Always enjoyed your reports, and enthusiasm. You kept the reporting fun, when appropriate. Not sure what Fox was thinking. You will continue to rock, wherever you end up. Thanks , and good luck!

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Pat!

  • Spencer Surya O’Boyle

    I just learned what has happened to you, Jenny. What sad news. Me and my 14 year old son watch you every morning as we get ready for our day and eat breakfast. What a yawn fest the traffic report is now. Actually, the entire program is effected by your absence (we do love your colleagues). You and Mike Kaplan had a nice chemistry together. We are very saddened to learn of your departure and will miss your accurate and enjoyable traffic reports. Clearly, wherever you go you will be successful, however, you will be very much missed. You all were/are like family members to me and my son, we watched Fox News faithfully every morning. Best of luck!

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you for the support, Spencer! I love and miss Mike!

  • Dean & Trish Sharper

    Man was that dumb! Fox most of the time your pritty good but this stupidly at it’s best. Fox you must have a good reason but this new lady who ever she is, Allegria? don’t hold a candle to our Jenny Milk! It took you long enough to get rid of Roper, and now this? Bang you just jumped in and made a change your fans didn’t want. Jenny and Mark are one of the most important reasons the wife and I watched FOX 32. As of today we’ll be going to channel 2, 5 and/or 7, Monday through Friday, and Fox to see Mark on weekends. It’s to bad because we kind of liked Mike Caplan, the only thing we didn’t like about him was he was Ropers buddy. My wife and I have been with Fox for 20 years. We wish Jenny the best. That would be Fox bringing Jenny back. We will go where Jenny goes.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you Dean and Trish! Mark is amazing. Mike is amazing. I miss them both tremendously! xoxox thank you for your support

    • Roster6

      She got fired because she was having an affair with one of the (married) producers at Fox32.

  • John

    Jenny … you ALWAYS appeared to be absolutely LOVING your job as traffic reporter. Your colleagues seemed to interact with you brilliantly … just like the morning crew at WGN. They were my morning station due to the way they all gelled and made me laugh … but then I found YOU and Mike Caplan and I was hooked. YOU were the Robin Baumgarten of Fox. Now … Fox can go suckit as far as I’m concerned. They don’t have a clue as to what being dedicated to your job and having fun doing It mean! Hey WGN … I’m back!! John in Waukegan

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, John! I appreciate your support

  • Joseph Ryan

    Jenny Milk….Miss you..

    You were a total professional ..

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Joseph 🙂 miss ya guys!

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hey Jenny, I’ve just learn what happen, Fox 32 made a huge mistake on letting you go.
    You said that they told you that they were looking for someone more serious, I hope you don’t believe that, You was very serious when you was doing the traffic report, maybe jealously play a part in it because you were too popular, Only God knows the real reason, But anyway don’t never look back,
    Because when you do that, you’ll never see the good things in front of you, I want you to keep this in mind, MATTHEW chapter 28 verse 20 said, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen

    your friend for life Maurice

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Maurice! Thank you so much for your support! it means the world to me 🙂 I wish you all the love and success in the world.

  • Roberto Reyna

    Jen milkowski brought integrity to her job. She also made it look easy and fun and also very informative every morning. The way she went about her business was excellent and passionate. You could see it every morning Fox made a big mistake. You can’t replace a person that really gets into her job and her career like she does. that’s the way she portrayed herself. She is a special and beautiful person she portrays that on her news cast. From one of your biggest fans Robert in Whiting Indiana

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Roberto 🙂 You’re so kind and I appreciate your support!

  • Louise Davis

    News isn’t the Same. Stupid move in my opinion. Good luck. I am from Indiana and did enjoy watching regularly. Sad.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Louise! I cannot say I understand why they did what they did…but I guess that is why I am not in management 🙂 I wish them the best! and I miss you guys!

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hey Jenny, This is your friend for life Maurice. I want to give you some word of encouragement everyday if that’s ok with you.

    Everyone has inside them a piece of good news, In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity,
    The best revenge is massive success.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      🙂 Thanks, Maurice!

  • Thomas Tucker

    I have a feeling with yhe recent hire of payton and alegria, fox is trying to appeal to a wider ethnicity.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks Thomas! But Chicago has the BIGGEST Polish population and so many Polish people tuned in to see me. Now they have absolutely no Polish representation for the station. It’s very sad.

  • Evan

    Holy Cow.. This new chick with her fake lips can barely speak and utter a sentence. horrible! Her HUGE lips are getting in the way. Lol, she looks like a muppet. Jenny, sorry you lost your job but I do have one question for you; why after giving the news would you always walk towards the camera?

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Evan! I wish them the best but am excited for my new journey! I started walking toward the camera on accident and then I kept doing it 🙂

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hey Jenny, Here’s some words of encouragement: Everyday may not be a good day, But there is good in every day.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks! all good days here 🙂 so excited for the new journey!

  • lr4165

    Saw a clip today of the Fox morning crew debating the pronunciation of Paczki.
    Now I KNOW Jenny’s gone.

  • Kayette Jones

    ? I’m sorry but what I think they meant was your clothing choices. You have a great body, but it really did look like you were going to a club everyday and not your serious job.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      HI Kayette! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Our wardrobe was all approved by a consultant so whatever I wore it is because the FOX consultant wanted me to wear it. And ps. I respectfully disagree with you. There are ladies on Chicago TV who definitely wear club clothing, I bought my clothes from the petite work section at Macy’s LOL so no, it wasn’t me 🙂

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hey Jenny, Here’s some words of encouragement: The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dreams and how you handle disappointments along the way.

    Your friend for life Maurice

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Maurice! 🙂

  • RUBEN

    I THINK YOU ARE THE SEXIEST WOMAN TO GRACE US ON TRAFFIC AND THOSE FOOLS DONT KNOW WHAT THEY DID . THE NEW SWAMP THING CANT HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU , NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE LOOKS BUT BECAUSE HER REPORTS ARE LACKING YOUR PROFESSIONALISM . I WILL DEFINITELY MISS YOU . YOU WERE THE MAIN REASON FOR ME WAITING TO SEE THE TRAFFIC REPORT . NOW I SEE MYSELF NOT CARING ANYMORE . IF YOU NEED SOME LOVING , IM HERE BABY.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Ruben! Thank you for the support! I appreciate your sentiment. I am not sure why they need 2-3 people to do my job now. Do me a favor, please no body shaming. I had people do that to me when I was hired and it is not OK. I do think it’s ok to constructively comment on someone’s job performance and I am sure the station would like viewer feedback (312.565.3019 or email news@foxchicago.com) I miss you guys SO much! but stay tuned for my job announcement 🙂

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hi Jenny, I’ve been reading some negative comments on here about you, Some people are jealous because you’re soooooooooooo beautiful, they need to understand is that’s how God made you.
    Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Maurice! I don’t focus on negative comments unless they are constructive 🙂

  • Keith

    I get, personalities get replaced… I was irritated with Sondra Solarte was let go, but grew to love Jenny’s ACCURATE reports. I waited to see what came after Milk… the replacement is embarassing. Shes a dumbed down Vanna White, who stumbles to introduce an off screen talent who knows their job. Its almost that she was hired for who she knew, rather than what she knew. Bad choice Fox

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Hi Keith! I was so sad to take over for Sondra but excited for the opportunity! that’s why I wanted people to be nice to Michelle when she started as well, because it’s hard to take over for someone. that being said, I do believe I was accurate and good at my job. they did say they wanted someone very serious about just traffic–but they hired someone with no traffic experience. So I am not sure what to think. I wish FOX the best as they make changes and I have no hard feelings at all! 🙂 But I am excited to announce my new job! 🙂 stay tuned.

      • Keith McGraw

        I tried to keep an open mind, she disappointed. I deal with crash data on a daily basis, and you KNOW your stuff! You WERE serious about traffic, technnically accurate. She? ummmmm. well…. she stands there well?

        • Jenny Milkowski

          I wish her success! I miss you guys tho and wish I could be the one delivering the info.

        • Keith McGraw

          I’ll be looking forward to where you end up!

  • Javier

    I hope WGN is smart enough to hire you Jenny, the ratings will be tremendous!

    • Jenny Milkowski

      🙂 that’s nice of you to say!

  • Miya

    So sad to hear about this. I thought Jenny was on vacation. Ive watched fox news every morning for the past 7 years and adjusted to all changes. This is the firstftime I dont enjoy the morning show. Seeing Anita sucking her belly to the point she looks like shes about to pass out and the new traffic lady and her outdated outfits drives me nuts. You can tell they are on a low budget hiring all these unprofessional people.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Miya! Thank you for the support! I was so sad that they abruptly let me go and I was not able to say goodbye to the most important people–YOU, the viewers! That being said, I wish FOX and everyone there the best! I miss so many people there including my partner in crime Mike Caplan! Stay tuned for a big announcement on my next job! xoxox

  • Brett Swanger

    What do they want, Jenny? I wondered what happened to you when suddenly you were gone. The new woman is quite bland. Sorry to hear that. You will have much success in your new endeavors.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Brett! thank you so much! I am genuinely confused as to what happened considering the new hire did not have previous traffic experience…and I did. But that being said, the past is the past and I wish the entire station all the best! I am so excited to announce my new adventure 🙂

  • Richard F.

    Jenny was the highlight of my mornings! I know business is business but holy cow! Letting her go was a terrible move by Fox. Michelle seems like a nice person but Jenny makes waking up something to look forward to. Miss my morning Milk. Breakfast will never be the same.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Richard!

  • Willie j Iverson jr

    What is wrong with the folks at Fox. Jenna was the reason we watched Fox news in the mornings. I heard they don’t like free thinkers at Fox like Darlene and Jenna.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thank you, Willie!

  • James Darren May

    This new lady I can’t even look at. I am sure she is nice but she looks like a train wreck every day.

    • Jenny Milkowski

      I miss you guys!

  • Mark Mayr

    This Michelle is terrible, I cringe as she stumbles through the traffic segment.

  • Jane Brady

    omg. I am very disappointed in fox move to Decatur but still stream fox news every morning Jenny, we will miss you greatly let your fans know where you go so we may change to watching that instead of FOX! wishing you the best

    • Jenny Milkowski

      thank you, Jane! 🙂

  • Maurice Gatewood

    Hi Jenny, I’ve seen the new traffic reporter, believe me she has nothing on you, So what are you up to these days?

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks for the support, Maurice! I am co-hosting my own show “Jenny Milk & Jay” on WSHE 100.3 🙂 pretty snazzy!

  • Patti Gassner Luzzo

    Watching Fox this a.m., my man is still saying…why would they get rid of Jenny?

    • Jenny Milkowski

      Thanks, Patti!

  • Todd R

    I certainly don’t mean any offense but she was so obviously staging herself for something other than the traffic. And although you look great, I didn’t see any reason for wearing that skin tight Cocktail dresses. Seemed ridiculous to me for a traffic reporter.