Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

“King Kong ain’t got nothin on Lee” Okay, I changed the quote from Denzel Washington’s character in,“Training Day”. But that’s how I feel about what I do. Movies may happen in Hollywood but Movie Michigan has its own rich history in cinema. And I have had the good fortune of shining light on “MI” Hollywood for over 2 decades.  From talking to Hugh Jackman about “the Silverdome shot” in Real Steel to the entire cast of “The Justice League” hanging around Royal Oak. And Yes, WonderWoman lived here during production.

As a broadcaster, the beginning of my career was amazing. I covered the Oscars, did a live interview with astronauts on the space station and spent three week in Los Angeles during the riots.  I was a correspondent on the nationally syndicated teen news program,”Channel One”. With Entertainment as my niche, I spent a short time on "Louisville Tonight Live" in Kentucky. One of the only pm magazine style entertainment shows left in the country at the time. I went Fan Fair in Nashville and of course The Kentucky Derby. 

From there I was hired as the entertainment and feature reporter for ABC's flagship local affiliate in NYC. I was able to talk to people like Paul Newman and Christie Brinkley while covering everything from the Grammys to the Tonys. With all of my contacts in hand, I went from reporter in NYC to weekend anchor and entertainment reporter at Fox 2.

I love this job especially my movie review show,”CriticLee Speaking”. And the people of Michigan… man! MI people have held me up and I love you them for it. I always say, I may not have been born here but like the best cars in the world I was “made in Michigan”. And that’s not just about sharing movies or entertainment magic, the people of metro Detroit have always accepted me on the merits of my work and not because of what I looked like, no matter how much that has changed.

Early in my career, I was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that destroys skin pigment. As a television broadcaster that could mean disaster, but the thing that I thought would be a show stopper, turned out to be the biggest blessing in my life. My memoir "Turning White" was released through the regional publisher, Momentum Books. The attention my story got was overwhelming, words don’t seem to cover how thankful I am to you all accepting me.  

I am fortunate to have the job of my dreams but sharing my life experiences has been the most rewarding surprise along this journey. Check out more of my journey here.

And to my CriticLee Movie people… I will see you at the theater.

The latest from Lee Thomas


How to set attainable fitness goals in 2021

Barrett Henson, owner of Berkley Fit Body Bootcamp joined The Nine to discuss how to set fitness goals. For more info call: (248) 464-5990 or head to: berkleyfitbody.com.


DIY Infused Liquor Gifts

Gifts do not always have to be complicated or expensive, sometimes it really is the thought that means everything. For an easy and practical gift try making your own infused liquors. The flavor combos are just as endless as the bottle/jar and labels you create.


Sharing the love of Jazz with JazzEd Detroit

JazzEd Detroit unites five of the top jazz organizations in Metro-Detroit: the Carr Center, Michigan State Community Music School, Music Hall, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Jazz Festival. By bringing young people, performers, and educators, together with leading institutions, JazzEd Detroit creates opportunities for curious students of all ages to explore the great jazz tradition that Detroit represents. JazzEd offers various programs for those looking to step into the world of jazz, including a new masterclass program taught by some of the greatest jazz educators in the city of Detroit. To learn more, please visit jazzeddetroit.org


Making cocktails with Gray Whale Gin

We all need a reason to celebrate the positive this year. This year's breakout gin hails from coastal California - Gray Whale Gin (www.graywhalegin.com), and has recently expanded into Michigan.