Another blow to David Gregory at “Meet The Press” as producer quits

posted at 4:21 pm on May 2, 2014 by Jeff Dunetz

The spring has not been kind to David Gregory, host of Meet The Press. Three weeks ago the Washington Post reported that NBC hired a Psychological consultant to interview his friends and his wife in an attempt to get insight from people who know him best and solve the falling ratings of his Sunday news program.  Today’s news is the show’s long-standing producer, Chris Donovan, quit after a dozen years and the job and is going to work for ABC ‘s Sunday News program This Week.

According to the New York Post’s “Page Six” :

Donovan, who started at ABC last week, was fed up with embattled Gregory and the direction of “Meet the Press,” sources tell Page Six, which has sunk to third place in the ratings, behind CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.”

One source said, “There is a tense atmosphere at ‘Meet the Press.’ Gregory is dismissive of the staff, and is often hard to reach or approach.

“He is famously the only host on Sunday morning TV who won’t pick up the phone to seal the deal to get a big guest. There’s nobody else on TV, and certainly on Sunday mornings, who thinks they are too important to do that. It is tough on the producers.”

Another source insisted that well-respected Donovan left for ABC for an opportunity to work as a senior producer across George’s shows “This Week” and “GMA,” plus news specials.

Of course the public statements were all “love and flowers”:

Donovan said, “I had an incredible run at ‘Meet the Press,’ and left only because I was given an amazing opportunity at ABC News. Any suggestion that I was mistreated is not true. I have a great relationship with David.”

Gregory also told Page Six, “I think the world of Chris Donovan, and I know, having spoken to him today, that he did not say nor does he feel what is being attributed to him.

(…) NBC News President Deborah Turness also criticized the media “chatter” as “vindictive, personal and, above all, untrue.

Granted, when Gregory took over from Tim Russert he had huge shoes to fill. In his 17 years of moderating Meet the Press, the last ten as the top Sunday news program in the ratingsRussert  proved himself to be an unbiased interviewer who was just as tough on all sides of the political spectrum.

Perhaps instead of trying to figure out Meet the Press slide from first to third in the ratings by talking to Gregory’s friends and family, or worrying about the producer, NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor. That one change will make their program more appealing to a broader spectrum of political views resulting in an audience increase.


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LASue on May 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor. That one change will make their program more appealing to a broader spectrum of political views resulting in an audience increase.

That’s assuming Gregory wants to change. Mighty big if there.

rbj on May 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Uh if he would try and not be a stupid jerk to some of his guests maybe that would help?

Johnnyreb on May 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Russert proved himself to be an unbiased interviewer who was just as tough on all sides of the political spectrum.

This canonization of Russert needs to stop. He wasn’t as bad as Gregory or Steponallofus but if you couldn’t detect his bias you weren’t paying attention. He was closer to Chris Wallace. A lefty with standards.

DanMan on May 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Gregory’s no Russert, and never will be. Sunday morning shows are a waste of time, anyway, so it’s even worse for him. He’s last place in no place.

HiJack on May 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Get his shrink on the line.

Talk about flushing a franchise down the toilet.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 4:29 PM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor.

Wait, what?

LetsBfrank on May 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Uh if he would try and not be a stupid jerk to some of his guests maybe that would help?

Johnnyreb on May 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

How about better guests, too? Nobody–NOBODY–invites more lefty crackpots that Gregory. And the righties are often center-left at best. How many times can Gregory have McCain or Graham on his show?

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Need a new face on the show. Ratings would climb.

Amazingoly on May 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

NBC hired a Psychological consultant to interview his friends and his wife in an attempt to get insight from people who know him best and solve the falling ratings of his Sunday news program

Who says liberalism isn’t a clinical mental illness.

And btw, your impression of Mr. rustlers is poorly formed.

cthemfly on May 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor.

That is beyond funny. That is downright hilarious.

And I notice Donovan has gone to the camp of perhaps tho only guy on network “news” who is a bigger tool than Gregory, the Democrat political operative Stephanopoulos.

novaculus on May 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Way OT: Skeechers just announced that they are interested in the Clippers

ConservativePartyNow on May 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

NBC hired a Psychological consultant

Gonna take a small army of shrinks to deal with the mental problems of the MS/NBC News hosts.

whatcat on May 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor fill that space with one hour of dead air time.

pain train on May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yeah too late for Gregory. He has made his views known. There is no unbiased reporting anywhere. Russert was the last of his kind. NBC seems to be run by Gregory types anyway.

flstc on May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Regardless of how you feel about David Gregory (I personally feel he lacks the gravitas and facade of objectivity Russert had) but it’s disgusting how NBC and Comcast has tried to walk him out the door through vile leaks to the media. It’s a testament to how that entire operations is rotton to the core. That manifestation seen most clearly in the truly awful socialist and race baiting drivel on their Cable outfit.

I actually think NOBODY can succeed on MTP until they change MSNBC. It infects the entire network.

AYNBLAND on May 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

They should hire Craig Ferguson as host.

Hell, they should hire Ferguson’s talking robot skeleton sidekick. Can’t hurt, might help.

DarthBrooks on May 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Please, someone just sh*t can Gregory already.

Replace him with Dana Loesch.

chuckh on May 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Perhaps instead of trying to figure out Meet the Press slide from first to third in the ratings by talking to Gregory’s friends and family, or worrying about the producer, NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor.

Or perhaps, fire him, and hire somebody more competent and who naturally appeals to a wide, diverse audience …just sayin’…it would save NBC the money wasted on shrinks, chrystal gazers, astrologists and whoever else they hire these days to figure out what’s wrong with Gregory…but then that would make too much sense…besides, the truth (that Gregory is a giant douchebag) is staring in their face but they refuse to accept it, no amount of psychanalisis or voodoo will help that a-hole to get over his uber inflated (or shall I say gonflated) self…

jimver on May 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Maybe the producer ALSO NEEDS psychological counseling -along with everyone else at that despicable excuse for a network!

MicahStone on May 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

He’s got some experience with firearms. Could be an optional path.:)

butch on May 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

A friend of mine once told that it is really embarrassing to run out of ammunition during a shootout.

birdwatcher on May 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Don’t watch any of the Sunday morning shows or any other stinking alphabet news crap.

Bmore on May 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The gift Russert had over Gregory – Russert was a great listener.

He asked a question – listened – then moved forward based on the answer.

Gregory never listens – he asks with a predisposed expectation of the answer.

Hey – wait – I just described my first wife!!!

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I loved watching Russert. I wasn’t as political then, but I didn’t notice his bias.

LASue on May 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

The man’s a self absorbed Jackazz….they’ll keep him…

ToddPA on May 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

With that magazine in his hand, he is simply a Piers Morgan wannabe.

KirknBurker on May 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Gregory is the poster child for the mentality of the entire Mainstream Media. Not even vaguely interested in either the news or the truth, only in pushing their indoctrination and propaganda on those few members of society still ignorant and clueless enough to believe anything that they say. Just take the Benghazi coverage as an example.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

David Gregory is a communist hack and the American people are tired of liberal liars……

Plus he just looks goofy as *uck…..

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

This canonization of Russert needs to stop. He wasn’t as bad as Gregory or Steponallofus but if you couldn’t detect his bias you weren’t paying attention. He was closer to Chris Wallace. A lefty with standards.

DanMan on May 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

This. He was certainly more like the way mainstream journalists were before they were open cheerleaders for the Democrat Party but he was still biased.

Still, his show was at least watchable. Gregory is a rabid dog with foam coming out of his mouth.

ConstantineXI on May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Need a new face on the show. Ratings would climb.

Amazingoly on May 2, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, Mark Levin – now get out of here you dope!!!

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Maybe the producer ALSO NEEDS psychological counseling -along with everyone else at that despicable excuse for a network!

MicahStone on May 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The whole network needs psychological counseling, as a matter of fact ALL liberals need psychological counseling.

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Gregory has gotten where he is based on looks and hair. Certainly not on any merit.

txmomof6 on May 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I remember how conservatives thought he was such a self-important snot when at a joint press conference at the White House with Bush and the French president Gregory asked the latter man a question in French. Looks like everything we thought about him has been confirmed! What a silly prima donna “newsman.”

BushyGreen on May 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

NBC hired a Psychological consultant to interview his friends and his wife in an attempt to get insight from people who know him best and solve the falling ratings of his Sunday news program.

I can help. Maybe Gregory should stop being a lefty propagandist, and actually start being an unbiased journalist.

Where can I mail my bill?

SubmarineDoc on May 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Not fair or balanced, this is why he and the show are falling out of favor on Sunday.

jake49 on May 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Gregory has gotten where he is based on looks and hair. Certainly not on any merit.

txmomof6 on May 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Plus he just looks goofy as *uck…..

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

A shaven orangutan comes to mind.

With apologies to orangutans, shaven and otherwise.

Joe Mama on May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

NBC hired a Psychological consultant to interview his friends and his wife in an attempt to get insight from people who know him best and solve the falling ratings of his Sunday news program.

Uh huh, sure, to figure out his “falling ratings”. Yeah.

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I think we’ve just about used up our Gravitas quotient. There IS no one else. Just stop watching this dreck.

Cleombrotus on May 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

*I cry*.

avagreen on May 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Meet the Press with Al Sharpton.

You know you want it.

Curtiss on May 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

And our quota too.

Cleombrotus on May 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Meet the Press ratings are in the tank. Lawrence Spivak and Tim Russert are spinning in their graves.

The only thing David Gregory is missing is a red rubber nose and a seltzer bottle.

bw222 on May 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Just one day ago it was Moonves who said it’s not about ratings, it’s all about ‘buzz’, and Gregory is certainly being talked about.

It’s about selling ads on shows people are talking about not watching.

Joseph OHenry on May 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Tim Russert was great and tough on Democrats. However, the only time I saw him do a soft, pull his punches interview was interviewing…………. Barack Obama. Sad. A few months later he died. Even he was starting to soft peddle the Dems at the end.

KMav on May 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Hey Gregory…

Agence France Press

buh bye

Willys on May 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

<blockquote“There is a tense atmosphere at ‘Meet the Press.’ Gregory is dismissive of the staff, and is often hard to reach or approach.

Let’s see; Gregory is a flaming liberal, and knows everything about everything. A White Obama.

And NBC doesn’t have a clue. HINT: Just watch the show. Once.

GarandFan on May 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

They should hire Craig Ferguson as host.

Hell, they should hire Ferguson’s talking robot skeleton sidekick. Can’t hurt, might help.

DarthBrooks on May 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

My vote is for Geoff, The Skeleton, from the Craig Ferguson Show, to be the host…or just the last 10 minutes of the show.

Geoff is fed really tough, great questions from
Brett Baier and Mark Levin, and Hot Air brainiacs.

Questions, asked directly to Obama, by using a blow up doll, “America wants answers, Mr. President about such n such….!

“Obama the blow up doll” can utter some usual nonsense about social justice.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Russert was a Dem political operative just like his colleagues but understood how to smooze and play the pol game.Simian Gregory is just a bore and his bias becomes a defining trait.

kingsmill on May 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

One source said, “There is a tense atmosphere at ‘Meet the Press.’ Gregory is dismissive of the staff an arrogant self righteous prick, and is often hard to reach or approach borderline retarded to boot.”

S. D. on May 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

If ratings actually mattered, Gregory would have been thrown out on his ass.

TQM38a on May 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

…who cares?…it’s the White House’s station!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I have no doubt Tim Russert would bring it to Obama and Republicans alike – It is so rare these days to have someone who really works hard to be objective. God Rest His Soul – we miss you Tim.

alQemist on May 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

David Gregory might as well be doing an SNL skit mocking biased hosts.

The previous recommendation of replacing him with Al Sharpton is brilliant, fortunately Al is black so we can tell the difference.

Tard on May 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Russert was no saint.

He was so much better than his Sunday morning show ilk (not to mention Nightline) largely because they were so much worse. Schieffer, Stephanopoulos obvious political hacks; particularly Stephanopoulos who was one of Slick’s sleaze merchants. File pompous Ted Koppell under legend in his own mind. The Bill Moyers of ABC.

Russert was a big social friend of Valerie Plame (the James Bond wannabe) who was pretty much a glorified desk jockey at CIA.

His son shows many of the biases of the father but without the restraint. So what Tim Russert did have going for him besides politeness was restraint but he was very much a part of the DNC cocktail party circuit.

viking01 on May 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor fill that space with one hour of dead air time.

pain train on May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

+11

Lord Whorfin on May 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Meet the Press with Al Sharpton.

You know you want it.

Curtiss on May 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

This. :)

USNCVN on May 3, 2014 at 10:19 AM

How many assault magazine clips does he have in his DC office–for which he won’t be prosecuted because he’s on the “right side” of the narrative?

quikstrike98 on May 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Nuke them!!!!

BruceB on May 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

DanMan on May 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Amen! You are on the money!

tomshup on May 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I officially removed ‘Meet The Press’ from my DVR recording list about a month ago. Unwatchable. Tim Russert must be turning in his grave.

MrBobSugar on May 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

NBC would be much better served to work with their host and train him to be just as unbiased as his predecessor. That one change will make their program more appealing …

I don’t get this at all. When you say someone is “biased”, you are commenting on their personal integrity. That really can’t be coached or trained into shape.

Gregory is really just like Stephanopoulos and that explains his fall of ratings. People know when they are listening to a hack. Russert didn’t allow guests to insult the audience’s intelligence – hacks do that by reflex.

There is no training plan or psychiatric intervention possible for Gregory.

virgo on May 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM