CBS News has parted ways with a journalist whose resume included stints at ABC and NBC, along with a job at ESPN. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Josh Elliott was fired today by CBS.
Elliott’s departure from CBS has been marked by unusual circumstances. Elliott, who has been lead anchor for the digital news service CBSN, made an emotional announcement on the air Friday, revealing that he was leaving CBSN. But he added, “Knowing how things work around here, I may see you again on Monday morning.”
Elliott, 45, had reportedly been informed by a network executive that CBS wanted to bring him aboard at the network as a correspondent for various CBS News programs. But it appears his announcement may have been premature, throwing a wrench into the plans.
The Post report quotes a network source saying: “This is a mess of epic proportions. Nobody at the top at CBS News knew that Josh was going to do that.”
The Post adds: “It seems Elliott — who joined the network from NBC in 2016 — had recently met with Laurie Orlando, the network’s head of talent, who told him she wanted him to take on a bigger role at CBS News. ‘Then Josh announced his departure without warning,’ said the insider. ‘Executives at CBS were stunned.’”
A source quoted by the Post provides this update on what happened today: “Josh was called to a meeting with CBS News heads including [President] David Rhodes and fired. He was escorted out of the building by security.”
The source adds: “Meanwhile, Laurie Orlando, who seems to be responsible for much of this mess, is missing. Nobody has seen her. This is a mystifying situation.”
CBS News released a statement saying: “CBS News and Josh Elliott are parting ways. Josh will no longer be reporting for CBS News. We are grateful for his contributions over the last year, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”