Chris Tucker does not appear to be dating Fox 5's Cynne Simpson anymore

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, January 11, 2016

Atlanta actor and comic Chris Tucker brought Atlanta's own Jarneen Chaney Brown to the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night.

But Getty Images, when sending out photos, misidentifed Brown as Fox 5 anchor Cynne Simpson. They do not look at all alike. I presume the person working on the captions googled "Chris Tucker girlfriend" and Simpson's name came up. (I have fixed the caption manually above.)

This woman spent time on Twitter last night sending out corrections.

Simpson and Tucker appeared to be dating in 2014 but perhaps not anymore. Neither Tucker nor Simpson ever talked publicly about it but they did appear together at Kasim Reed's annual Mayor's Ball in late 2014.

At the time, Simpson was also wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring at the event. Sources at the time at Fox 5 told me they were engaged.

Simpson joined Fox 5 in 2013 and is now an evening anchor. She did a feature on Tucker for Fox 5 in November, 2013. Simpson worked at WGCL-TV for a brief time in the mid-2000s before anchoring in D.C. for several years.

Tucker declined to talk to me about Simpson last summer when he promoted his Netflix comedy special.

Brown identifies herself as an actor, model and singer on her Twitter page. She posted the photo above as her profile pic on her Facebook page and as of 7:26 a.m., it had 609 likes. On her Linkedin page, she said she is an attorney liaison at Atlanta Injury Centers. On that page, her summary notes: "I am a hard dedicated worker, who loves to serve and help others. My motto is 'Work Hard and Play Later'!"

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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