Report: Gibson Wanted Stephanopoulos as Successor

By Andrew Gauthier 

New York Post

Charlie Gibson says on the record he has “tremendous respect and fondness” for Diane Sawyer, but insiders say he has trouble concealing his dislike of his ABC colleague.

“Charlie has always given Diane the stink eye. He bad-mouths her openly and often,” said our source.

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.”

When it was announced on Sept. 2 that Gibson was retiring after four years in the evening anchor chair, the network could have waited to declare who’d get the job, just as it is waiting now to name Sawyer’s replacement on “Good Morning America.” More…