One journalist experienced an unusual backwards series of events: he said goodbye on air, and it made his bosses so angry that they fired him. He was planning to move up in the network, but his superiors didn't want him to make a big gushy speech about it on his show.
Josh Elliott, Streaming Service anchor on CBSN, was hired by the network just 11 months ago. The network devoted a great deal of time and resources to their streaming service star and his show. Things were going well, and he was offered the opportunity to go from CBSN anchoring to broader reporting jobs.
The 45-year-old journalist took to CBSN streaming on Friday and gave his viewers a big, gushy goodbye as he announced his departure. "It has been by any measure a great stay here at CBSN," said Elliot. "My last day in that chair in any regular capacity, although knowing how things work around here, I may see you again on Monday morning. I just wanted to take a quick second to thank first of all of you who watch us, welcome us into your homes and your workspaces.... I also want to say this for posterity’s sake: A free and objective press has never been more important in this country’s history, and to be a part of it is an honor and a privilege. And to be a part of the team here at CBSN has been a remarkable year’s time."
Unfortunately for Elliot, he got his wires crossed with his bosses. They hadn't planned for his departure from CBSN to be announced and planned to play a low-key move. Amid the confusion of what to do, CBS News David Rhodes told Elliot to just go.
While Elliot is still in contract with CBS for another year, and the network will continue paying him, they have no plans to use him for anything. The former ABC and NBC journalist will remain in limbo.
A spokesperson for CBS confirms Elliot will “no longer be reporting for CBS News.”
Source: NY Times