NY Posts’ Page 6 reports that insiders at ABC are saying Charlie Gibson was not as happy about his “World News” replacement, Diane Sawyer, as he appeared:
Gibson, 66, had been pushing ABC News president David Westin to promote George Stephanopoulos, the host of Sunday morning’s “This Week,” as his successor.
“He wanted George to get the job,” said one source at the network. “He was shocked when he learned Diane got it, and he was really angry that she stole his thunder. As soon as she was named, it was all about Diane.”
These claims were quickly dismissed by Gibson who told Page 6 that the idea of animosity between the two is “just silly” and by an ABC spokeswoman who disagreed…more colorfully: “It’s all bull[bleep.] They get along just fine. They went to Walter Cronkite’s funeral together. They had lunch last month.”