Bidding War over MSNBC’s Wolff?

Looks like Yeas & Nays had it right after all. Page Six reports that CNN tried, and failed, to pry Bill Wolff from MSNBC to helm the new Spitzer/Parker show…

Eliot Spitzer was so desperate to be on TV, he accepted a contract from CNN for less than $1 million to host a prime-time, 8 p.m. show. A source says he’s making closer to $500,000 than $1 million, as is his co-host, Kathleen Parker. Larry King, on the other hand, signed a contract for $3 million — down from $7 million — just to present specials for the network with the possibility of hosting a weekend show similar to “Larry King Live.” Insiders say CNN isn’t spending a lot on talent for the 8 p.m. show because its chances for success are slim. MSNBC’s Bill Wolff, executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” recently turned down a hefty offer from CNN to produce Spitzer’s show after MSNBC made him a substantial counteroffer. “We don’t comment on contracts,” a spokesperson for CNN said. MSNBC would not comment.

8 Responses to “Bidding War over MSNBC’s Wolff?”

  1. So in a not-so-elegantly written way, CNN hired Eliot Spitzer because he’s cheap and because he fits the bill for “slim chance”.

  2. Who knew he’d be a cheap date? Who knew half a mil was ‘cheap’..?

  3. I like Bill Wolff, is it a coincidence that the only program I watch on MSNBC is Rachel Maddow? I think not.

  4. joeremi Says:

    I wish Wolff had his own show. He was great on Tucker, and hysterical when he does bits on Rachel’s show.

  5. nyview57 Says:

    I like Bill Wolf … glad he’s not moving to CNN. I agree with above post that he’s terrific in his own right … MSNBC should hold on to him! I, too, remember him with Tucker … nice to see he’s been recognized as a cut above lots of the other talking heads filling the airways.

  6. nyview57 Says:

    While we’re talking about MSNBC, though remotely about Bill Wolf ~~ does anyone else dislike the addition of ‘Fridays with Thurber’ to Countdown? I change to another channel when it’s time for that segment. Wish someone would rethink this change. I can’t be the only person who finds it annoying.

  7. joeremi Says:

    “Fridays with Thurber” is a cut above another horrid segment with Michael Musto, so I take it with that grain of salt, but I agree: it’s dull. I tend to be doing other things while Countdown is on anyway, so I just ignore it ’til Rachel starts.

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