Last night, two announcements were made that shocked the world of media. First, NBC announced that Brian Williams will be suspended from NBC Nightly News for six months without pay.
Then, Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving The Daily Show later this year, in around six months.
Is it just a coincidence that Brian Williams was put on a six month suspension the very night Jon Stewart announced he will be a free agent in around six months? Some experts are saying it is not.
According to New York Daily News, Rush Limbaugh predicted last Friday that NBC would use Williams’ troubles to court Stewart into coming to NBC as part of the mainstream media’s pursuit to pack as many newscasts as they can with diehard liberals.
NBC has a history of trying to get Stewart to host their shows. After firing David Gregory from Meet The Press last summer, the network famously asked Stewart to take over the program. At the time, he refused, perhaps because he was holding out for something bigger, like the nightly news.
With network executives scrambling to figure out what to do about the Williams situation this week, it is more than likely that Stewart’s name has come up.
As for Stewart, his decision to suddenly announce his Daily Show departure last night might have been a strategic move to bring him to the forefront of the search to replace Williams.
In the end, we have no idea what will happen in six months. Perhaps Williams will find a way to get America to forgive and trust him again, but he certainly has his work cut out for him. It seems likely that he will indeed have to leave the show, and after losing one of their top network performers, NBC will be looking for someone who can command the kind of ratings Williams did. This someone could be Jon Stewart.