Brian Williams might be talking to other networks since announcing that he isn’t renewing his contract with MSNBC, however, if he is demanding the same salary he wanted his current network to pony up, he will be out of work for a very long time
“Brian was asking for $30 million to renew his contract at MSNBC. He is green with jealousy that Rachel Maddow’s new deal is worth $30 million and wanted the same. As far as Brian is concerned, he is the star of MSNBC, not Rachel,” sources tell Radar.
“Once it became clear that the counteroffer wouldn’t come close to what Brian thinks he deserves, he decided to leave in a huff, convinced other networks will line up to snap him up. However, so far there hasn’t been much serious interest.
Reports that the tarnished former “Night News” anchor is talking with ABC, CNN and streaming networks have been greatly exaggerated as no one is going to pay a 62-year-old white guy with a damaged reputation anywhere near the money he wants.
Sources say the anchor is technically not even contractually permitted to speak with other networks or streamers. However, an insider says that hasn't stopped the conversations from taking place.
“Brian has a huge ego. He thinks he’s the best news anchor ever and rolls his eyes at David Muir, George Stephanopoulos and Lester Holt,” adds an insider.
"No one is a bigger fan of Brian Williams than Brian William. But the news business has changed. Sitting behind an anchor desk in New York no longer brings in the viewers. The truth is the new deal MSNBC offered him involved a pay cut, not a massive pay increase.”
As Radar previously reported, Maddow's new deal caused quite the controversy over at NBC with other anchors also upset she was paid so handsomely.
Maddow's new deal has her doing a weekly show instead of a nightly, and will allow her time to work on other projects. A deal that execs were willing to offer the star, unlike Williams.