After taking meetings with all the major TV and news networks, including NBC, CBS, and Fox News, last week, it looks as though former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has made the decision to sign a contract on Thursday with television lawyer Bob Barnett, who’s famous for his representation of politicians and TV news celebrities.
Barnett will likely facilitate a fair number of lucrative deals for Spicer as he navigates his post-White House career.
The former press secretary was being courted by all the top Hollywood talent agencies but sources say he chose Barnett, who is based with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., because of his track record with politicians and TV correspondents. Michael O’Connor is a partner at the firm.
Barnett’s news clients include Neil Cavuto, Christiane Amanpour, Brit Hume, Andrea Mitchell, Brian Williams, Steve Doocy and Cynthia McFadden, among others. He also represents former government officials as they transition back to the private sector, which reportedly appealed to Spicer. Those clients have included Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Madeleine Albright and Ben Bernanke. He has also represented a long list of political figures for book deals, including Obama, Clinton, Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin.
Sources say Barnett and O’Connor will be representing Spicer for all post-White House TV deals, business consultancies, and speaking appearances. There is also talk of a potential book deal.
But don’t expect to see Spicer twirling around in an appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.” After talking it over with his wife, he’s reportedly decided to turn down that particular opportunity.
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