Google CEO Considering Talk Show Career

Sources say Eric Schmidt in talks with CNN
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2011 1:25 AM CST
Google CEO Eric Schmidt smiles outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – After a decade at the helm of one of the world's most powerful companies, departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt plans to seek new challenges on the talk show circuit, sources at CNN say. Schmidt—who will be replaced by Google co-founder Larry Page in April—wants to host his own show and has been in talks with Parker Spitzer producer Liza McGuirk, the sources tell the New York Post.

"Eric Schmidt has been looking for a TV job for over a year," a CNN insider says, although a pilot he filmed with McGuirk last August was "a complete disaster." Even if his TV plans founder, the 55-year-old will still be keeping busy: he will be staying on at Google as the chairman of its board of directors, and is also believed to be considering a greater role in public service.

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