It's true, St. Louis: Tim Ezell is leaving the news business -- for God.
Ezell, the human dose of amphetamine that hosts FOX 2's "AM Show", is hanging up his news anchoring spurs after sixteen years to become a full-time pastor at the The Journey church in south county. He reportedly met with his KTVI bosses Monday -- presumably while hula hooping -- to let them know he wouldn't be renewing his contract. Ezell's last show will be July 18.
It's the end of an era for FOX 2, and 9 a.m. is going to be a much duller hour without Ezell's explosive engery. We're not ready to say goodbye to the goofy gonzo journalist, so we've cobbled together a handful of our favorite (read: ridiculous) Ezell moments.
1. The time Tim Ezell rapped about having a tiny a butt.
Untold millions of Americans suffer from a booty inferiority complex, but Ezell sure as hell worked out his demons in this bonkers parody of "Apple Bottom Jeans." Our favorite part? Ezell (or DJ Nugget) pulling bags of cheese, chips and salsa from the cavernous backside of his "No Bottom Jeans."
2. The time Tim Ezell was rejected as the fifth member of The Wiggles.
For a seemingly wholesome guy, Ezell seems right at home playing Malachai, the disaffected fifth member of the whimsical children's show The Wiggles. All he needs is a trough of of cocaine and a limo full of hookers, and this becomes the greatest VH1 "Behind the Music" episode ever made.
3. The time Tim Ezell took the polar plunge.
Sure, it's a chance to glimpse the slender majesty of Ezell's shirtless bod, but the best part comes at the end, post polar plunge, when a shivering Ezell completely loses volume control -- and possibly his mind. (FOX2's embed code doesn't seem to be working, but you can watch video here.)
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4. The time Tim Ezell couldn't make "Laughing Baby" laugh.
You'd think a kooky guy like Ezell would be great with babies, right? Well, he met his match in the star of the "laughing baby" viral video.
5. The time Tim Ezell stalked an Elvis impersonator.
Ezell produced some questionable parodies of the 2011 Oscar nominees, including "The King's Leech" and "127 Seconds." This one's our favorite, though, if only for Ezell's adorable propeller hat and lack of boundaries.
6. The time Tim Ezell fried something
Ezell's long-running investigative series, "Can I Fry It?" posed the hard hitting question no other news network dared to ask.
7. The time(s) Tim Ezell had more fun than anyone else.
We realize some of our readers might view Ezell as more of a morning annoyance than a morning news anchor, but we can't help but admire of the guy. He took his style of wholesome, unironic enthusiasm and and ran with it for sixteen years. Whether it was milking cows or talking about "man candles," he maintained his hyperactive smile a seemingly boundless capacity for fun. We respect that, and we're going to miss him.