Ousted CBS weatherman: "It's a cruel business"

Thu Dec 2, 2010 11:05pm EST
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By Marisa Guthrie

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Dave Price, the soon-to-be-ousted weatherman on CBS' "Early Show," called the network's decision this week to overhaul the third-place breakfastcast "jolting."

While Price says he understands that TV news is very much a results-oriented business, he was nevertheless caught off guard when CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus informed him that a new "Early Show" team would be in place by January 3.

"Was I surprised? Yeah. I had just come back from a seven-day trip from Alaska for a week-long sweeps piece," he said. "But I don't know many people who lose their job who aren't surprised by it. So I don't think that's extraordinary. But yeah, it's jolting.

"It's a cruel business," he added. "But we love it anyway. And so its throws you back a bit, maybe even more than a bit."

McManus has said that Price and Maggie Rodriguez will be offered new roles at CBS News. Harry Smith will become the permanent fill-in anchor on the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and Sunday Morning.

They'll be replaced by Chris Wragge and Erica Hill as co-hosts, Jeff Glor as news reader and Marysol Castro as weather anchor.

Price said he'll consider proposals from CBS News, but there are no guarantees he'll stay with the network.

"I'm going to see if any of (those proposals) are right for me," he said. "If they're not, I'll make a graceful exit."   Continued...