The relationship between WCAU-TV v.p. and g.m. Gene Lothery and anchor-in-chief Larry Kane switched from cuss to buss during a farewell party for the station’s KYW-TV-bound news director Paul Gluck.

Lothery and Kane had engaged in a shouting match in December, but were seen posing amiably for photos with Gluck when Lothery planted a smooch on Kane’s cheek. Kane blushed, saying, “Gene has always been an affectionate guy.”

But some are still speculating that this may have actually been a kiss-off, rather than a kiss.

Rumor mill has it that Kane is about to lose his solo status on the 6 p.m. news – Jane Robelot’s been mentioned as a possibility to share the slot with him.

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