David Gregory Demanded too Much $$$ From CNN

For the last few years, on election night, David Gregory was watched by millions of people on NBC.

This year he will be seen by almost no one as he covers the election for Yahoo (yes Yahoo does still exist).

On August 14, after NBC kicked David Gregory to the curb, FTVLive wrote, "Don't be surprised when you see CNN announce that David Gregory is joining the cable network."

So, months later, why hasn't CNN announced that they hired David Gregory?

Because, Gregory's huge ego, demanded a huge salary and CNN wasn't going to pay it. Page Six reports that the two sides didn’t reach a deal to bring him onboard because of his big salary demands amid crushing company cost-cutting.

The paper writes that Gregory had met with his onetime NBC champion Jeff Zucker at CNN in August, and the two were then spotted having lunch as Gregory’s embarrassing ouster at ratings-challenged “Meet the Press” became imminent.

“Jeff was really considering hiring David,” a source familiar with the talks told us. “But they could not come up with a number to get him there.”

The source added that staff cuts of around 10 percent at CNN and its parent, Turner Broadcasting, made the deal impossible. “They were meeting around the time of the crazy layoffs at CNN, and it would have looked really bad giving out a huge contract while people were being laid off.”

So, on election night Gregory will be banned to a web portal that no one uses anymore.

That will hurt the old ego a bit.