Rick Kaplan Exits: What’s Next?

By Brian 

> Update: 5:40pm: “There was no blow-up event,” an insider tells TVNewser. “This has been months in the making. In some respects it’s been a surprise he’s lasted this long.”

Glaringly absent from today’s announcement about Rick Kaplan‘s departure is any mention of what’s next for the MSNBC president. He’s packing up and leaving today — but where is he going?

Kaplan met with NBC News president Steve Capus at 30 Rock this morning, a source tells TVNewser. He was apparently told that MSNBC is moving in a new direction.

The tip box has been buzzing about Rick Kaplan lately. On Tuesday, FTVLive said “word is that Kaplan is quietly pitching himself for the GMA gig.” But other insiders say he’s not on the short list for that…