Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been denied a paid contributor position at all five of the major news network due to a “lack of credibility.”
Spicer, who resigned from his post in August, has been exploring cable news punditry as a future career option, but his representatives were unable to secure a contract with any of the major outlets, according to NBC News.
“They won’t touch him,” a media industry executive familiar with those conversations told NBC news.
“The news organizations might use him on round tables, but [a paid exclusive contributor job] is not happening,” the executive added.
A number of unnamed network insiders told NBC News the decision ultimately came down to “a lack of credibility.”
CNN preemptively announced they were not interested in hiring Spicer ahead of their planned conversations and Axios reported in early September that Fox News had decided against hiring him as well. CBS News, ABC News and NBC News will have also refused to offer Spicer an exclusive role, sources with knowledge confirmed to NBC News.
The often parodied Spicer signed with World Wide Speakers Group in early September to give paid corporate and university speeches. The company praised Spicer’s “candor, wit and insight” in the briefing room.
Spicer faced rampant media backlash during his tenure in the White House for defending President Donald Trump’s claims regardless of their factual accuracy. In perhaps the most notable example, Spicer continued to inflate the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd after overhead photos revealed the actual attendance was significantly less than the size celebrated by Trump following the event.
Spicer recently conceded that he regretted how he dealt with journalists reporting on the inauguration crowd size and made light of the incident during the Emmy Awards Sunday.
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