David Gregory Mouthed Off to a Waitress, Got Scolded by Tim Russert
Did David Gregory almost lose his shot at getting his show on MSNBC?
About a month ago, he joined NBC colleague Tim Russert at a Washington D.C. restaurant for dinner, where he showed his lack of appreciation for the help. David Gregory: Not a consummate dining companion?
The twosome's waitress somehow messed up their dinner order, and Gregory – who CBS is supposedly "enamored" with in their hunt for a Katie Couric replacement – let's say, caustically reminded her how bad she erred.
But the server wasn't the only one who got a scolding: Russert chewed Gregory out for his tactless behavior. "Russert warned Gregory never to behave that way in front of him again," says a spy.
And once MSNBC got wind of the story, they made Gregory "promise up and down to change his behavior" before they handed him the 6pm slot, we're told. Not to mention that this incident is not, we're assured, the first time Gregory has chewed out a less-than-competent service employee.
But the NBC staffers in D.C. wouldn't be surprised — that's his normal workplace behavior. "He still treats most of … the newsroom like shit," says a NBC insider. Not that the higher ups are reprimanding him for how he treats his staff or anything. Says our tattler: "Amazing how NBC cares more about food servers than about the people who have to deal with Gregory's arrogance every day."
But if Internet rumors are to be believed, perhaps a one Chris Matthews shares Mr. Gregory's impatience for sub-par service?
I trudged over to this thread because I have some Chris Matthews gossip.
I was dining at a pizzeria in Washington, DC.
Anyhoo, there was a backup in the kitchen and it was taking some time for everyone to get their pizza. My party waited about 25 minutes. I've been there many times before and this is very unusual for the place.
Chris Matthews and his wife are at the next table. He starts yelling at his waitress because the pizza is taking so long. And I'm not talking 'hey, where are the pizzas.' I mean, berating her. He even went so far as to call her a liar. Keep in mind this was after the poor girl, who was no more than 18 years old, told him she would box his pizzas and he could have them for free. Did he thank her for her offer? No. Instead he stands up and starts yelling and wildly gestulating. Over a frigging pizza.
He had to a foot taller than this girl, but he was in her face pointing and yelling like she was a guest on Hardball and she was embroiled in the lastest political scandal. He then stormed out, leaving his mortified wife to hash out the situation.
What an asshole. I, for one, won't be watching Hardball anymore. I watch it all the time and for the most part, I find his guest to be interesting. I actually like him when he tones down the interrupting and yelling.
But after last night, the sight of his mug makes me sick. The same goes for his wife, who's a local news anchor. I never would have let my husband treat a waitress like that. Well, OK, I don't have one, but if I did! You get my point.
Oh yeah, and Matthews, if you read this board? (1) We waited for our food, too and (2) Pick your goddamn battles, you bloated bully. [TWOP]