Says there was no “bigger roleÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â for him to play at CBS.
CBS CEO Les Moonves said this morning that he is sorry that Dan Rather’s 44-year career at CBS News “ended the way it did.”
With the cancellation of 60 Minutes II, the only opportunity for the former Evening News anchor was a “few slots” on 60 Minutes.
“That wasn’t enough for him,” Moonves said. “He wanted a bigger role, which we understood. There was no bigger role for him to play. We offered to have him be a general part of CBS News, but he wanted to move on.
“I am sorry he’s leaving us,” Moonves continued. “I’m sorry for a lot of things. He had a very distinguished career. He’s a man I respect and honor a great deal. I’m sorry it ended the way it did.”
The network yesterday announced that its relationship with Rather was ending with the network paying him his salary for the remainder of his contract which runs through November. Rather is entertaining a job offer from Mark Cuban, the owner of HDNet to start a one-hour newscast/interview show and is said to be seriously considering it.
In a story today in the New York Observer, Rebecca Dana reports that “Rather has not signed a nondisclosure agreement—and he has not agreed to rule out legal action against the network. In his final statement, Mr. Rather emphasized that he was leaving “before the term of my contractÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and wrote that CBS “had not lived up to their obligation to allow me to do substantive work.”