MSNBC news reporter and regular fill-in, David Shuster, reportedly filmed a pilot for a new show on CNN, reports the New York Observer.
The network shot the pilot in-house, with Shuster co-anchoring with Michel Martin of NPR.
The pilot included opinion pieces and medical segments with guest appearances by Chrystia Freeland of the Financial Times and The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin.
The pilot may never see the light of day, as many outlets have reported CNN tinkering with potential shows in recent months as the former news giant looks to regain its footing in viewership.
However, adding further fuel to the fire is Shuster’s absence today from his post during MSNBC’s 3 p.m. EST news hour, despite the fact that he was there for his 10 a.m. EST shift. The New York Times indicates that MSNBC may not have been informed about Shuster’s pilot, quoting a MSNBC rep as saying "If true, this is unacceptable and David will be punished appropriately."