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Rachel Maddow's Backdoor Attempt to Land at Fox News

One quick thing to interrupt your celebration of Rachel Maddow getting her own show on MSNBC: There was a chance she could have scored her own show … on Fox News.

Maddow's agent, Jean Sage at TV Talent (also Keith Olbermann's agent), asked to send her tapes over to FNC's head of programming, Bill Shine, we're told by a reputable insider. But Shine declined. (The blog Radio Equalizer rumored about this, and notes that even at Air America, Maddow has "consistently been one of Air America's lowest-rated hosts, with a show that has been picked up by relatively few affiliates and an almost total inability to drive revenue growth.")

That Sage went to FNC could've been a simple negotiating tactic, so he could tell MSNBC there's interest from other networks, and thus have leverage to increase her price. To be sure, this is standard operating procedure for cable news talent when signing contracts.

Or maybe Sage was genuinely exploring all of her options. And if that was the case? It makes Olbermann look a little silly boasting about how he got her the MSNBC show, since, perhaps, she was just as willing to take a deal at Fox if it came through.

Aug 21, 2008 · posted by david · Link · 6 Responses
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Comments (6)
No. 1 Patrick Heckman says:

As your site states just plain gossip you and Johnny Dollar should compare notes

Posted: Aug 21, 2008 at 1:34 pm
No. 2 SBK says:

But Jossip's "gossip" has a remarkable way of being validated later by other sources as having been true. But I guess if the truth hurts it's oh so easy easy to attack the messenger huh?

Posted: Aug 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm
No. 3 Paul says:

I'm just glad to know what station she is on so that I know what channel I need to delete off the TV. Since I already kicked MSNBC to the curb earlier this year when they decided to turn into the Obama Channel, I'm all set! Sweet!

Posted: Aug 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm
No. 4 Chris Jones says:

No matter what any of the haters on CNN Or MSNBC say about Fox News publicly, every one of them would come running if Fox offered them a contract. They're the superstars of the cable news world. They have by far the largest audience and the best on-air talent.

Posted: Aug 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm
No. 5 dave says:

good point. how olbermann got a political news show still amazes me. it would be like chris bermann hosting a show on cnn about the election

Posted: Aug 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm
No. 6 Carol Cardona says:

Who cares if you like or don't Keith or Rachel. If not, don't watch. No one cares. For thinking people, Fox stinks. If you like that, go for it.

Posted: Aug 25, 2008 at 10:39 pm
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