Tamica Lee, the co-host of local ABC affiliate WGNO’s “Good Morning New Orleans,” is leaving the station after a decade in local news and a brief foray into reality TV.
The station announced Lee’s departure Thursday, the same day she received a proclamation from the City Council acknowledging her work in local media and with her brother Sonny Lee’s nonprofit, Son of a Saint. Her final WGNO broadcast was Thursday morning.
She has not announced her future plans.
Lee got her first big break in local news when CBS affiliate WWL-TV hired her as its morning show traffic anchor.
In 2017, she moved to WGNO to co-host “News with a Twist” with Lebron “LBJ” Joseph, Susan Roesgen and Curt Sprang.
More recently she co-hosted “Good Morning New Orleans” with anchor Sefenech Henok and meteorologist Brooke Laizer.
She also co-starred in two seasons of Bravo’s “Southern Charm New Orleans.” Premiering in 2018, the show chronicled the shenanigans of Lee, her husband, Barry Smith, and their equally handsome and well-dressed friends as they cavorted about New Orleans. Lee was portrayed as one of the cast’s wild cards.
Before she landed on local airwaves, Lee was a member of the Saints dance team when it was still called the Saintsations. Her late father, Bivian Lee Jr., was a defensive back for the Saints in the early 1970s. He died of a heart attack in 1984, when Tamica was 5.
Her younger brother founded Son of a Saint to mentor boys who do not have an active father figure in their lives.