David Gregory Says ‘I Don’t Miss NBC’ — Getting Fired From ‘Meet The Press’ Was ‘Humiliating’
Former host of Meet the Press David Gregory has finally spoken out about his departure from NBC after being fired. He claims that despite the “nastiness” of the situation, he’s happy with how things turned out and doesn’t miss working for the network.
In his first television appearance since the firing, David Gregory appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday to promote his new book How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey. According to Politico, David Gregory also used the opportunity to share some harsh words for NBC, saying that they handled his dismissal poorly and that the situation was both “hurtful” and “unpleasant.”
“It was handled in a way that was unnecessary,” David Gregory revealed. “NBC made a business decision which you can agree with or disagree with. It just didn’t need to be handled that way, and the process of it was difficult. I tried to, rather than get into the nastiness of it, I tried to internalize what I take away from it, what I could’ve done a little better in terms of how I could’ve treated people so people would’ve been rooting for me in terms of within NBC and in the broader community.”
David Gregory has since been replaced with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, which is the longest-running news program on television. Though David Gregory was considered to the be face of Meet The Press for six years, he now says that it was the wrong environment for him.
“As much as I miss the work, as much as I miss covering the stories … I don’t miss NBC. I don’t miss being there. It was just the wrong atmosphere for me.”
According to CBS, David Gregory also admitted that the conflict between him and NBC was “humiliating” because of multiple leaks that were allegedly coming from within the network. But David Gregory also claimed that he made his own decision to leave NBC before he was fired, especially since he felt like the network was deliberately trying to oust him.
“The truth is I was not going to be fired then but I felt I was going to be,” David Gregory went on. “I had said to NBC… if you don’t shore me up because leaks that are coming from within NBC are very hurtful to me, it’s getting in the way of what we’re trying to do for the show. So if you’re not prepared to do that and they were not prepared to shore me up over the long term, it was time for me to go.”
A previous report from the Inquisitr revealed that David Gregory was fired due to abysmal ratings which NBC interpreted as a sign that the audience simply did not like the host. This could explain why David Gregory felt like he was being pushed out of the position.
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