Was I the only one who thought it was strange that one day we went from seeing the waifish overly-perking Shauna Thomas every day as Fox 13's morning remote location monkey to seeing the accurately-named Big Budah?
What happened to Shauna Thomas? It seemed like she just disappeared. Then I noticed that instead of doing the morning gig she started doing entertainment/celebrity interviews. I heard predictions that they were priming her to the be the station's American Idol correspondent, which seemed to make sense.
But then she was just gone and Big Budah was the full-time guy. I started poking around for answers. (I'm an aspiring investigative journalist, you know.) But no one seemed to have any answers. Shauna was just gone.
Then I received a strange email tip. I was sent to the International Movie Database. What? This couldn't be the same Shauna Thomas, could it? You'd have to be a big star to play "Party Girl #3" in a movie like Bikini Hotel.
And then I got the real news. It seems that Shauna's high profile acting career may have earned her walking papers from Fox 13.
From The Pitch:
"...Thomas, a freelance TV reporter and Kansas City native, returned to the metro to serve during February sweeps with FOX affiliate WDAF Channel 4. The Channel 4 gig was supposed to last just a month, but Thomas, who spent two years with the FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City, looked forward to spending some time back home with her family. Then came Internet rumors claiming that Thomas had a past as a porn princess. Among the blogger headlines: "FOX 4's Shauna Thomas and soft porn" and "New FOXy reporter is into S&M!!"
The stories all cited Sex, Love and Murder, a six-minute Internet flick on AtomFilms.com that warns viewers: "for mature audiences only." Thomas does appear in the dark comedy, playing "the blonde." But it's no porno. Thomas did the film seven years ago as a favor to a friend, Cris Mancuso, who wrote the short for an acting class.
"In my opinion, it's very sad how the whole thing has gotten blown out of proportion, and it's hurt a lot of people in my life, including me," Thomas tells the Pitch. "I wish I never would have done it."
In her brief time onscreen, Thomas rides a guy while whipping him S&M-style and makes out with another woman (what woman hasn't by now?), but the movie is actually pretty tame — it's hardly hotter than FOX's prime-time lineup. Not even a nipple slip. We couldn't figure out why there was so much buzz over a fictional film. Neither could Thomas.
"It's a character," she says. "I'm here for a month, and this is the focus of everyone.... This was seven years ago. It would be one thing if that was a sex tape you saw of me in the privacy of my own home, but it's not. It is part of my acting career."It's probably for the best. Now that she doesn't have to worry about working as a news reporter, Shauna can get back to her work in legitimate theatre. You know, things like the TV version of Weird Science.