UPDATE: MSNBC anchor David Shuster has been suspended from the cable network.
“David has been suspended indefinitely,” an MSNBC spokesperson said Tuesday morning.
Keeping job hunting a secret from your current employer might not be that difficult for the average worker, but when you are a recognizable face on MSNBC, and that new job happens to be at a competing news network, then trouble isn’t that far off, which is exactly what David Shuster has discovered.
Word of Shuster taping a pilot for CNN hit the Internet late last week, with the New York Observer leaking information based on network sources. The pilot in question featured Michel Martin of NPR co-anchoring a news show with Shuster.
Once Shuster’s MSNBC bosses caught wind of his extracurricular activities, they seemingly sidelined the anchor, keeping him off the air Friday afternoon.
Behind the scenes, things appear to have gotten heated. MSNBC President Phil Griffin “ripped Shuster a new one over the phone,” reports TVNewser. After the initial story leaked, spokesman Jeremy Gaines had said that Shuster would be “punished appropriately” if the story turned out to be true.
Shuster isn’t talking about his employment woes, but this isn’t the first time he has angered his superiors, with a Tweet being deemed “inappropriate” earlier this year and a comment directed at the Clinton campaign getting him suspended, according to the Huffington Post.