Monday’s edition of ‘CBS This Morning’ carried an announcement about where multiple CBS anchors were headed…except for Jeff Glor.
Jeff Glor, the current anchor of the CBS Evening News, addressed news that he was being replaced Monday night.
Glor’s comments at the end of Monday night’s broadcast came the same day CBS This Morning started with major news of an anchor shuffle at the network. Gayle King, who is the only anchor to have remained with the show since its 2012 debut, will continue on the show. But King announced that co-anchors Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson were being reassigned.
It wasn’t a complete surprise, since news of the pending changes broke Thursday, about a week and a half earlier than CBS planned.
O’Donnell will take over for Glor on CBS Evening News this summer, and by the fall, the broadcast will move from its New York home to a new headquarters in Washington DC.
Dickerson will move to 60 Minutes.
Then, starting on May 20, King will be joined by CBS This Morning Saturday anchor Anthony Mason and CBS Sunday Morning contributor Tony Dokoupil.
All of the plans for everyone were set in stone, it seemed.
Except for Glor.
Even a news release sent out by the network about 15 minutes before the start of Monday morning’s show made it clear that Glor’s future at the network wasn’t exactly so clear.
“We are grateful to Jeff Glor for his award-winning work and his commitment to both his colleagues and to our viewers. As we transition the [CBS Evening News] to Washington, we are discussing opportunities for Jeff to remain with CBS News and continue providing the same substantive, trusted reporting that he has been offering for the past 12 years,” CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said in a news release.
During Monday morning’s show, King also had little answers about Glor.
“His conversations, you should know, with CBS News continue, and we all hope very much he will continue working here. It will be his decision,” King said.
Glor has the last word of the day
Glor did not appear on the morning program Monday, but he did anchor the evening broadcast and he ended it with this message:
“You may have heard about changes taking place here at CBS News,” he began. “About moves that impact colleagues, the unmatched Evening News team, and me. The outpouring of support from you has been everything, so thank you for that. I like to think we’re all guided by something bigger than one moment and one broadcast. I have always wanted to do work that matters and still do. That is something that will never change. I have family, friends and in the future, far more to share with all of you. It will be great, I promise, just as you are. Thank you all for watching. Good night. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Given the way the news of his departure was shared without him even being in the room or at the table, I can’t think of a classier way for him to have addressed the situation.
Some pointed out Glor made no mention of his successor. I don’t think it was necessary for him to do so. After all, the morning’s announcement had more than covered everyone else.
The audience — his audience — wanted to hear from him. And while the fans who’ve become accustomed to Glor may be disappointed and even angry about his coming departure, I don’t think they could possibly have been disappointed by the grace he displayed in his remarks.