The Wrap reports that NBCU Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin has seemingly confirmed what many have been anticipating: Piers Morgan will be splitting his time between NBC and CNN. Hunter Walker writes, “Asked whether the contract meant NBC would be sharing Morgan with CNN, Gaspin has a one word reply: ‘Yes.’” The exchange took place at the TCA summer press tour Thursday.
As was reported, Morgan’s NBC contract and the obligations involved would have likely prevented CNN from entering direct negotiations until a certain time.
CNN is declining to comment at the moment. TVNewser has learned, however, that negotiations are underway, which should not come as a surprise.
Update: The Wrap has just updated its story to include this addition: “Gaspin later spoke to TheWrap to clarify his comments saying, ‘We have relaxed his exclusivity and allowed him to talk to CNN.’ Gaspin said he could not speak to any deal between CNN and Morgan.”
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