Scott Pelley, who was forced out as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in 2017 after six years in the position, says he lost the job because of his complaints to management about a hostile work environment at the network.
Pelley commented on the situation during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” — you can see the clip below.
“I lost my job at the ‘Evening News’ because I wouldn’t stop complaining to management about the hostile work environment,” Pelley told CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Pelley mentioned then-network news President David Rhodes, who has since left CBS. “He told me if I kept agitating about that internally then I’d lose my job,” Pelley said.
Pelley added: “Having exhausted the possibilities in the news division, I went to the chairman of the CBS Corporation, who listened to me very concerned for an hour, asked me some penetrating questions about what was going on. I didn’t hear back from him, but in the next opportunity in my contract I was let go from the ‘Evening News.’”
The CBS Corp. chairman was Leslie Moonves, who later exited CBS, in September 2018, amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Pelley, who remains at “60 Minutes,” cited other changes since he was reassigned, including the ascent of Susan Zirinsky to head the news division.
“I know all of these new people — I’ve known them for decades — and they are people of the highest principles,” he said, adding: “I couldn’t be more excited about the future of CBS News than I am right now.”