The former ESPN and Good Morning America anchor is out at CBS.
Josh Elliott was “abruptly” asked to leave CBS on Monday, getting fired by the network less than a year after leaving ABC and NBC.
The 45-year-old anchor, who also previously worked at ESPN as an anchor, was reportedly fired, in part, due to an on-air blunder on Friday. Elliott told his viewers on CBS’ streaming network that he was leaving for a gushier role within CBS, something his bosses hadn’t cleared him to reveal.
Here’s more on why he was fired, via the New York Times:
He apparently did not tell any of his bosses, including David Rhodes, president of CBS News, that he planned to announce his farewell. Although Mr. Elliott was expected to move from his daily CBSN anchoring roles and take on a broader reporting job, CBS was not planning to publicize the move.
On Monday, Mr. Rhodes decided to end CBS’s relationship with Mr. Elliott and told him in a morning meeting. Mr. Rhodes told senior CBS News officials at an editorial meeting on Monday that he had asked Mr. Elliott to leave because his announcement on Friday had created unnecessary confusion, according to two people present at the meeting.
Mr. Rhodes was also apparently concerned that Mr. Elliott’s announcement could stoke unwanted speculation about Mr. Elliott’s future, and the future of other anchors, according to the people present.
The news of Elliott’s firing was first reported by Page Six of the New York Post.
Elliott will now be looking for his fourth job in three years.