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It’s Near ‘Closing Time’ for David Gregory as Host of ‘Meet the Press’

Gregory_1.22Rumors continue to swirl that David Gregory is out as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook.

“Top political sources” suggest to Playbook that Chuck Todd will replace Gregory, with an announcement being made in the coming weeks.

From today’s Playbook:

“The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. … It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.”

The New York Post’s “Page Six” first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”

 

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‘Meet the Press’ Host David Gregory Rumored to Have Met With CNN Last Thursday

Gregory_1.22While questions have been raised whether NBC “Meet the Press’ ” David Gregory will remain host of the Sunday morning show, “Page Six” reports Gregory met with CNN on Thursday.

The New York Post piece goes on to explain Gregory and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s decades-long professional relationship and personal friendship and quotes a source saying that “CNN is ‘currently testing for a prime-time pilot that could be perfect for David’.”

“Page Six” reported last month:

“Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.”

For more, click on over to Page Six.

Emily Miller’s Two eHarmony Rejections Win ‘The View’

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 18.19.52FOX 5 DC chief investigative reporter Emily Miller guest-hosted “The View” Thursday morning, and in the show’s opening, the Emily Gets Her Gun author shared her experience with online dating. Miller’s comments preceded the brides from ABC’s “Married at First Sight” appearance as guests on the program.

“I’ve been out there…I’ve been dating…There’s nobody left,” said Miller, to which host Jenny McCarthy replied, “I used to think the same exact thing.”

Miller is one of several women, including CNN’s S.E. Cupp, being considered for the “conservative” role ABC is looking to fill.

Check out her clip, from today’s program, below.

FOX 5 DC’s Emily Miller to Guest-Host ‘The View’ on Thursday

Emily-MillerFOX 5 DC chief investigative reporter Emily Miller is set to guest-host “The View” Thursday morning, and a source confirms that she is one of several women being considered for the “conservative” role they’re looking to fill.

Earlier this month, we wrote that CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp would also audition for the slot, which she did on July 21 and again this past Monday.

Several other names of women being considered include MSNBC “The Cycle” co-host Abby Huntsman and CNN’s Margaret Hoover. WGN’s Ana Belaval and ABC News’ Sara Haines also guest hosted, the same week that Meghan McCain did, although the “TakePart Live” co-host told Refinery29 last week that she would not be joining the show. Fox News Latino also reports that “Good Morning LA’s” Lauren Sanchez and former assistant US attorney Sunny Hostin are being considered.

Miller, known throughout Washington for her “Emily Gets Her Gun” column for The Washington Times and nationally after turning it into a book, will likely prove herself a top contender given her strong debate skills with the ability to remain composed.

10 Days Out, Clinton, Inc. by Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper Leaked to Press

Clinton, Inc.Saturday night, a second critical book on the Clintons following the release of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices was leaked to press 10 days ahead of its publishing date.

Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, written by the Weekly Standard’s Online Editor Daniel Halper, was distributed to more than 100 reporters by the mysterious “Robert Josef Wright” as a combined 317-page PDF.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove says of the former President and potential 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate, as portrayed in the book, “Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Bill Clinton who emerges as selfish and coldly calculating in the portrait drawn by Halper’s reporting, and Hillary who comes off as warm and caring, albeit charmingly transactional for political gain, particularly with her Republican colleagues in the Senate.” Read more

CNN’s S.E. Cupp Being Considered to Join ‘The View’

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One of Washington’s most probable contenders is being considered by “The View” to potentially join the program, according to an industry insider.

S.E. Cupp, a regular face on CNN’s relaunch of “Crossfire,” has been approached by “View” executives.

On Monday, Meghan McCain – a conservative pundit and daughter of former presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain – will guest co-host the program, the network confirmed yesterday. McCain and Cupp are likely being considered to fill the conservative co-host role of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who departed the program in 2013. Our gut tells us that next to Rosie, Cupp will be better at holding her own compared to McCain.

Also slated to guest co-host next week: WGN’s Ana Belaval and ABC News’ Sara Haines.

Only time will tell…

Edward Klein’s Latest Blood Feud the Topic of Much Scandalous Conversation

51GMqv8vJYLIn June, Regency published former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein‘s latest Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas, on the “rocky” relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons.

The New York Times bestseller list on Monday positioned it above Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices in the category for combined print and e-book nonfiction for July 13, 2014.

Business Insider has been in touch with someone close to Clinton, who said that, “there is no bigger liar in the entire world,” to describe Klein, who in 2005 authored The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.

In June 2005, FishbowlDC reported that Jay L. Clendenin, a photographer who’s work was included in the 2005 book, said that Klein misrepresented former President Bill Clinton in a photo he took that was cropped. Read more

Perfect Friday Fodder – WaPo Subscription Phone Line Allegedly Diverts to ‘Sex Talk’

An anonymous tipster wrote in to tell us that The Washington Post’s subscription phone line answered as “some kind of sex talk line.”

We gave the number a call – 1.800.477.5555 – but it now seems to be disconnected. After two rings, Fishbowl repeatedly got a recording saying, “We’re sorry. You have reached a number that has been disconnected, or is no longer in service. If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check the number and try your call again. Thank you.”

We reached out to Post PR who said that they were unaware of any issue with the line.

So much for some real Friday fun getting my subscription.

Update: We’ve heard back from The Post, who said that the wrong number was a placeholder on a page design that went live yesterday. It has since been updated with the number 1.800.577.4679, which does allow individuals to subscribe.

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In Memory of Long-time Washington Gossip Columnist Diana McLellan

f76c7db648450ad8986c43.L._V210171762_SX200_Former Washington Star, Times, and Post gossip columnist Diana McLellan died yesterday at 76. McLellan was a legend in Washington, known for her column “The Ear,” which she wrote for the Star before it folded in 1981.

In November 2013, a dinner was held in honor of Emily Heil after taking over The Washington Post‘s “Reliable Sources” column alongside Helena Andrews. McLellan offered advice for Heil via email.

“The best advice I can give – and I doubt you could do any of it now – is collect info sober, write drunk, and edit after coffee…Also, keep expenses as high as possible or they won’t respect you.” And, “Only deal with the top editor so you don’t get nibbled to death by ducks.” Read more

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

yellowbirdsA little birdy tells us that a member of the Washington media has been cast for the third season of “House of Cards.”

Last Saturday in Bel Air, Md., Kimberly Skyrme Casting held an open casting call for the upcoming season of the popular Netflix series. More than 1,000 fans and actors were there to audition for the show.

Now who might it be? For now, you’ll just have to wait and see!

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