“[T]he lame-duck period is not easy. I’ve been working for 44 years, and this will be only the second time I’ve had more than two weeks off at a time…Since I love what I’m giving up, that’s what makes it hard…Five out of seven days, though, I’m really excited about the great unknown.”
“I’m whipped on a Friday night. I’m not as sharp as I once was, and I don’t want to stay too long…It’s good to leave when your elevator is up on a high floor and not on a low floor.”
And on being succeeded by colleague Diane Sawyer, Gibson tells Bobbin he’s “delighted” about it, and tells Kurtz:
“I don’t like the term star power, but she’ll bring a buzz and attention to this program that I could not. That will bring a lot of people in the tent. But do you keep them?”
• More: Gibson will be on “The View” this morning talking about his final week with ABC News.