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McDaniel eyes big payout after NBC drama

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  33 comments

By:    RACHAEL BADE

McDaniel eyes big payout after NBC drama
McDaniel expects to be fully paid out for her contract — two years at $300,000 annually — since she did not breach its terms, according to a person close to McDaniel. That means that her single, not-quite-20-minute interview Sunday could cost NBC more than $30,000 per minute, or $500 per second.

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Will it be the $600,000 interview?

The ramifications of NBC’s decision yesterday to  part ways  with former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel just two days after her paid network debut on “Meet the Press” are just starting to shake out. But they could be expensive.







McDaniel expects to be fully paid out for her contract — two years at $300,000 annually — since she did not breach its terms, according to a person close to McDaniel. That means that her single, not-quite-20-minute interview Sunday could cost NBC more than $30,000 per minute, or $500 per second.









That might be just the beginning of the fallout following yesterday’s announcement from NBCUniversal News Group Chair Cesar Conde that the deal, first announced on Friday, would be canceled. McDaniel spoke yesterday with Bryan Freedman, renowned lawyer to the estranged cable-news stars, to discuss legal options even beyond recouping the dollar value of her contract.













While no arrangement is final, the person close to McDaniel said, Freedman would be an obvious choice: He represented Megyn Kelly in her own acrimonious parting with NBC,  as well as ousted anchors  Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson in disputes with their respective former networks.

McDaniel, the person said, is exploring potential defamation and hostile work environment torts after MSNBC’s top talent — momentarily her colleagues — took turns Monday blasting her on air.

NBC declined to comment about the $600,000 figure or her potential claims.

McDaniel was silent yesterday as the fallout from the internal network revolt mounted, and her perspective and role in the deal was largely lost as it unraveled in real time. She and her allies are, unsurprisingly, furious about how everything went down, believing she was misled about how much she’d be welcomed into the fold by executives who had aggressively recruited her.

They blame the same NBC brass for botching the situation by not having her meet with top network talent ahead of the rollout, then caving to internal pressure from liberal-leaning hosts.

As previously reported, MSNBC President Rashida Jones was  among those who did an about-face  after blessing the initial contract agreement with McDaniel. But Conde — Jones’ boss and NBC’s top news executive — also engaged in a significant U-turn, the McDaniel confidant said, having reached out to her last week after the ink was dry to welcome her into the NBC family with a message that said he was excited to work with her and that her perspective would be valuable to the network’s viewers. (NBC declined to comment.)

McDaniel’s camp is also particularly peeved at “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker, who said at the top of Sunday’s broadcast that her interview was “scheduled weeks before it was announced that McDaniel had become a paid NBC News contributor,” and declared, “I was not involved in her hiring.”

The person close to McDaniel said those words were misleading, at best. Playbook reviewed text messages from Carrie Budoff Brown, senior vice president of politics for NBC News, showing that she and Welker met with McDaniel in mid-February — a few days after Budoff Brown initially reached out to McDaniel’s team to gauge her interest in joining as a paid contributor.

A potential NBC contract was mentioned in what was otherwise mostly a get-to-know-you, off-the-record chat between McDaniel and Welker that day, the McDaniel confidant said.

An NBC insider familiar with the situation strongly disputed the suggestion that Welker was part of any contract discussions, arguing that “the meeting was set up to discuss the potential first interview” and “not about any potential contract.”

“Kristen was not part of those talks,” said the insider. “She was fenced off and insulated from discussions about a potential contributor agreement.”

Even after the backlash went public Sunday, when NBC’s Chuck Todd  publicly teed off  on network execs for the arrangement, McDaniel heard directly from Budoff Brown and Rebecca Blumenstein, NBC News’ president of editorial, that they’d have her back and the controversy would pass, according to the McDaniel ally.

The NBC insider said their comments were more along the lines of “stand firm.”

But yesterday, as the fallout mounted, McDaniel heard nothing further from top NBC brass about getting the boot — even as Conde announced her firing in a note to employees that included a personal apology to employees and a mention of “our deep commitment to presenting our audiences with a widely diverse set of viewpoints and experiences.”












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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

It looks like Ronna hit the jackpot.

Make sure to give her a wave.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
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1.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

Worth every penny but, instead of firing her they should have kept her under contract so she couldn't work anywhere else and just never put her on air.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  SteevieGee @1.1    3 weeks ago

... very devious, it fits her.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  SteevieGee @1.1    3 weeks ago

That would have been awesome!  lol

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @1.1    3 weeks ago
instead of firing her they should have kept her under contract so she couldn't work anywhere else and just never put her on air.

Good advice because not only do they owe her all that money, but they are facing defamation lawsuits.

I hope they go for their lungs.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.1.4  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

It would be nice seeing her collecting from NBC while getting a job at FOX.

 
 
 
goose is back
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1.1.5  goose is back  replied to  devangelical @1.1.1    3 weeks ago
very devious, it fits her

Please explain, they hire someone, provide a contract,  then fire her.  Tell me where she is DEVIOUS?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.1.4    3 weeks ago

Fox does like to take in all kinds.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

Buh-Bye Ronna Romney McDaniel

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.2    3 weeks ago

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Hallux
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1.2.2  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    3 weeks ago

Nonsense, as you well know MSNBC has hired a number of former republicans. Why lie?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @1.2.2    3 weeks ago

The key word is "former."

They are no longer Republicans.

Why mislead?

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2.4  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.3    3 weeks ago

Michael Steele still is. Apparently he still dreams of sanity returning to what was once a great party. Same with John Kasich.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.5  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @1.2.4    3 weeks ago
Michael Steele still is.

Lol and so is Morning Joe.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.6  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.3    3 weeks ago
They are no longer Republicans.

... maga republicans.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.7  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    3 weeks ago

Who gives a fuck what that scum hater musk has to say?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.8  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @1.2.2    3 weeks ago

All it has.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2  MrFrost    3 weeks ago

Good riddance.. She's a lying POS. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @2    3 weeks ago

bfd. NBC got off cheap, whatever they settle for. you can't have an election denying wackjob on the network potentially creating lawsuits based on trump misinformation commentary and still expect to maintain any sense of credibility. maga tokens in national broadcast media are done...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.1    3 weeks ago

I'm sure that's a drop in the bucket to NBC, like you said, whatever they settle for.  Who in maga world thinks that's a BIG payout?  lol!

 
 
 
fineline
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2.2  fineline  replied to  MrFrost @2    3 weeks ago

Agreed, pay "it" off and kick her to the gutter !

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Trump is salivating at the prospect of getting his hands on that 600,000 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @3    3 weeks ago

What claim does he have?

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.1.1  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1    3 weeks ago

If he thinks he can get some of it he'll manufacture one.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Hallux @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Is that your duh, insight?

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.1.3  Hallux  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1.2    3 weeks ago

No, it was my slight.

 
 
 
fineline
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3.1.4  fineline  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @3.1    3 weeks ago

MAGA, same claim he has on you . 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3.1.5  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  fineline @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

He has no claim on me and I’ve never voted for him.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.2  devangelical  replied to  JohnRussell @3    3 weeks ago

that paltry sum probably doesn't pay his nut for a long weekend, counting the accumulating interest on both civil judgements...

 
 
 
MrFrost
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4  MrFrost    3 weeks ago

She didn't even last one Scaramucci.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1  Tessylo  replied to  MrFrost @4    3 weeks ago

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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5  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago

256

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

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