David Gregory to CNN?!?!
Page Six reports that David Gregory was seen at CNN this week…
As rumors swirl that David Gregory could be replaced as host of “Meet the Press,” the embattled anchor may already be lining up his next move: He was seen meeting at CNN Thursday.
Sources have said that Gregory’s days at “Meet the Press” are numbered, with ratings down, but that NBC would likely wait until after the midterm elections to make any change. But multiple sources told us that the former NBC White House correspondent was seen in CNN’s building Thursday afternoon, signaling he could be prepping a move himself.
A move to CNN would make sense, sources told Page Six, since the anchor enjoyed close ties with former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker before the exec took over at CNN Worldwide last year.
“No one was surprised to hear David was meeting over at CNN,” a network-news insider said after word spread that Gregory was spotted at the rival news network. “Jeff and David have been very close professionally and personally. Jeff was a champion of David’s during his time at NBC. Their families are close. They have a very strong relationship that dates back to the 1990s.” Before rising to CEO, Zucker had been producer of “Today” when Gregory was hired at the network.
If CNN had poached Gregory before he got the Meet The Press gig it would have been seen as a big steal. But coming off being hounded off Meet The Press and being labeled as a failure (for letting MTP crash in the ratings), CNN poaching Gregory now doesn’t look so good. Yes ok, so Zucker and Gregory are tight. That doesn’t mean bringing him over to CNN is a good idea. CNN has enough people on its roster who don’t make strong show hosts. It doesn’t need another.