White House press secretary Jen Psaki scoffed at reports she’ll be replacing out-going MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow or fired CNN talking head Chris Cuomo.
Media reporter Dylan Byers reported Thursday that the heads of NBC News, MSNBC and CNN have all trekked down to D.C. from New York to court the fiery Biden mouthpiece for a major role in their networks.
Psaki, 43, has said that she would leave her current post this year, and appeared as a talking head on CNN prior to her role with the Biden administration.
But at the end of a sober press conference covering the White House response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Biden administration’s announcement of the first black woman nominated to the US Supreme Court, she put the rumor to rest.
Psaki would feel right at home at CNN, where she’s appeared many times before and usually with deferential treatment
Jen Psaki appears on ‘The Lead’ with Jake Tapper in 2018 to discuss Democrats capitulating on the government shutdown
‘I have more than enough on my plate here,’ Psaki told Africa Today reporter Simon Ateba, who asked if she was looking for another job. ‘You can’t get rid of me just yet.’
She pointed at Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy and said, ‘Sorry, Peter for you on that.’
Rachel Maddow has been rumored to be leaving MSNBC since last year, and multiple sources told The Daily Beast that she was approaching burnout in the job.
Simon Ateba, a reporter for Africa Today, asked Psaki if she was being courted by CNN and MSNBC
‘Nothing has been decided. We are deep into it with NBCUniversal and Rachel has an excellent relationship with them,’ a rep at her talent agency said last year.
Maddow is looking to spend more time with her friendly, according to the Daily Beast report, and her reported $7 million a year salary could give her the breathing room to take it easy for awhile.
MSNBC may not be giving her up without a fight, though. The Daily Beast quoted sources saying that the network was taking ‘major steps’ to keep her.
In 2019 she told The New York Times, ‘It’s not good for you to work incessant long days, five days a week, 50 weeks a year for 10 years.’
Maddow’s show is the top rated show on MSNBC, getting two million nightly viewers in January 2022.
Ratings plummeted for the show in the first two weeks of February when Maddow took vacation.
Still, she ranks seventh in the rating war, below six Fox News cable shows.
CNN has been looking for someone to replace Chris Cuomo since he was fired in December amid allegations that he used his media contacts to unsuccessfully help his brother, disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, wriggle out of a sexual harassment. He was also accused of sexually assaulted a woman at another network years earlier.
He’s reported to be looking for a $60 million-plus settlement from the news outlet over his termination.
The Cuomo imbroglio brought down CNN head Jeff Zucker and his marketing executive girlfriend Allison Gollust.
Rachel Maddow had the only non-Fox cable news show in the top five in terms of audience in the second quarter
Psaki has appeared on both cable networks in her capacity as a White House press secretary with different results.
CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ host Brian Stelter was pilloried on social media for genuflecting before the Biden spox by asking her what the press gets wrong coving the president.
On the other hand, MSNBC’s lefty host Medhi Hasan gave Psaki a grilling over Biden’s flipflop about filibuster reform.
It’s very common for former White House staffers, especially press secretaries, to cash out of government service for lucrative gigs with TV networks.
Kayleigh McEnany, ex-Trump press secretary, works for Fox News and Sean Spicer, who also flacked for Trump, works at Newsmax.
Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo wants a settlement worth up to $60 million from the network after they fired him in December, sources tell Page Six