TV networks are reportedly hesitant to give former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a role as a paid contributor due to an industry belief that he lacks credibility.
According to NBC News, Spicer’s representation has reached out to all five major networks–CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News and NBC News–about joining their teams, and none have responded back.
NBC’s source, a TV executive familiar with in-house conversations about hiring Spicer, said, “They won’t touch him.”
“The news organizations might use him on round tables, but [a paid exclusive contributor job] is not happening,” the executive said.
The trepidation with bringing on Spicer stems from a sentiment echoed by other executives at NBC: He isn’t credible.
While the past three former White House press secretaries have all been picked up by major networks, a report from earlier this year said Fox News turned down Spicer’s inquiries, as well.
People familiar with discussions within Spicer’s camp said he’s not perturbed by the lack of network pundit offers and has other ambitions on the horizon, including “more freedom to work with multiple outlets.”
He’s certainly broadening his repertoire, with plans for a non-scripted reality-TV show in the works and a role as a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and is signed with Worldwide Speakers Group for paid speaking engagements. The company website touts Spicer’s ability to discuss “the people, philosophies and policies that matter most to the citizens of the U.S. and businesses around the world.”
He turned heads with his cameo appearance at the Emmys this past weekend, in which he mocked himself for falsely claiming the president had attracted the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” in January.
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