The New York Post’s Page Six reported over the weekend that NBC paid David Gregory $4 million for a quiet departure from NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“A source said Gregory’s contract extended into next year, so NBC had to pay him for the rest of the term, plus an extra fee to ensure his silence,” wrote Page Six’s Emily Smith and Stephanie Smith of Gregory having to sign a clause restricting him from speaking ill of the network.
On Thursday, CNN’s Brian Stelter wrote that within 48 hours, Gregory would be replaced by NBC’s Chuck Todd as host of “Meet the Press.” Less than three hours later, Gregory tweeted that he was leaving the network. Later that afternoon, NBC announced Gregory’s departure and Todd’s replacement, planned for September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosted the program yesterday, meaning Gregory did not have the opportunity to “sign off” of the Sunday public affairs program he hosted for the past 6 years.