Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s options for post-administration employment in television punditry may be limited.
NBC News reported on Wednesday that five network news outlets – CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, and NBC News – all passed on the opportunity to hire Spicer.
Spicer is still reportedly exploring opportunities, including the freedom to appear on multiple networks and a potential “non-scripted reality show.”
Sources told NBC that Spicer was passed over because of a “lack of credibility.”
The report came just a day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that the former press secretary was “in discussions about a traditional TV opportunity and three non-traditional TV opportunities.”
Outgoing White House communications officials have previously had a fairly easy time transitioning to television roles.
MSNBC and NBC hired former White House press secretary Josh Earnest as a political analyst earlier this year, joining Nicole Wallace, George W. Bush’s former communications director. Former Bush press secretary Dana Perino has been a go-to host on Fox News for years, while CNN hired Dan Pfeiffer several months after he left the White House in 2015.
And networks have usually appeared eager to hire former Trump officials.
Former Trump campaign communications director Jason Miller joined CNN as a contributor earlier this year, while ousted campaign manager Corey Lewandowski had a short-lived stint as a contributor on CNN after he was fired from the campaign.