If only every abrupt termination could be this lucrative!
After enduring months of ugly public speculation as to his future with NBC, sacked Meet The Press host David Gregory’s been given some lovely parting gifts. Four million of them, to be precise.
According to today’s Page Six, Gregory has agreed to keep his mouth shut in exchange for the dough:
A source said Gregory’s contract extended into next year, so NBC had to pay him for the rest of the term, plus an extra fee to ensure his silence.
In return, he was asked to sign a nondisparagement clause, which explains — despite the drama behind the scenes — his saccharine message on Twitter to announce his departure.
“I leave NBC as I came — humbled and grateful. I love journalism, and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is,” he tweeted, adding, “I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you.”
But quietly, sources say, Gregory is “angry and humiliated” at the way he was treated by NBC suits who let him twist in the wind through months of painful speculation before finally pulling the plug. Page Six reported that Gregory confronted NBC brass last week after continuous rumors he would be replaced by Todd.
NBC has tapped Andrea Mitchell to host this week’s show, denying Gregory a chance to say farewell — or anything else — on air. Todd takes over on Sept. 7. NBC declined to comment.
Nice payout if you can get it- but does it make up for the public humiliation?