The host of a key MSNBC show has been hit with a lawsuit, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.
An NBC broadcast engineer is alleging in the suit that MSNBC host Ed Schultz owes him 25% of his television earnings because he developed "The Ed Show," according to the story.
The lawsuit claims that Michael Queen, the NBC employee, pitched an idea for a show to be hosted by Schultz to MSNBC’s Phil Griffin in 2008, the story says.
"Almost a year after Queen had pitched the show to Phil Griffin, and Griffin turned down the show, Griffin called Schultz and hired him directly for ‘The Ed Show,’ " the lawsuit alleges.
Queen also claims that he loaned Schultz a car for three months for free and found an apartment for him in Washington, DC.
Schultz’s attorney said the pair once worked together on a pilot for a syndicated weekly show, but that Schultz doesn’t have any obligation to Queen and that he plans to defend himself "aggressively," the story says.