Alex Wehrley, who has co-hosted Dallas-based, nationally broadcast Eye Opener since October 2013, announced on her Facebook page that she’s leaving the show, becoming the latest in a series of departures from the offbeat morning show, which airs in DFW on KDAF/Channel 33.
“It's with bittersweet emotions that I tell you today is my last day co-hosting Eye Opener,” Wehrley wrote on her Facebook page. “My personal and professional life is taking me out to Los Angeles (more details to come).” Wherley said that leaving was a tough decision, and praised the cast and crew of Eye Opener in her post.
Wehrley, who was Miss Wisconsin USA in 2009, has also worked at stations in Rockford, Ill., and Oklahoma City. Her departure follows the recent exits of Eye Opener news anchor Nerissa Knight, who is now working at Los Angeles’ KTLA, which, like KDAF, is a Tribune Broadcasting station; and meteorologist Krista Villarreal, who left in April to take a position as communications and PR manager for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas (a week before she left, Villarreall was part of DFW.com’s “The Rainmakers” package about DFW TV meteorologists).
DFW.com reported on Eye Opener in August 2012 as part of our “Wakeup callers” package about morning-news teams. Since that story ran, there have been many changes, with only Oliver Tull remaining with the program. Tull is also a member of Fort Worth improv group Four Day Weekend. Expect him to stay, and to get some new company as well.
“We're in the process of finding the right on-air team, so you'll see a lot of new faces next to Oliver Tull over the summer,” Eye Opener executive producer Justin Allen said in an email to DFW.com.