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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt angling for television show

by Jorge Hernandez on January 24, 2011

Eric Schmidt has yet to formally leave his post as CEO of Google, which is sending him off with a $100 million equity award, but sources say he is reportedly angling for a talk show deal on CNN.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Schmidt filmed a CNN pilot last year and has been in talks with Liza McGuirk, executive producer of CNN's Parker Spitzer.

The New York Post reports that Schmidt first met McGuirk on a foreign affairs show called Fareed Zakaria GPS where he regularly appeared as a guest, of which she was also the executive producer. McGuirk later oversaw the pilot he filmed.

"Eric wants to be a talk-show host. He's been working with Liza to develop a show, but he has not yet been picked up by any network," a source told the news source.

"Eric Schmidt has been looking for a TV job for over a year…but the pilot he filmed with Liza was a complete disaster," another source told the Post.

According to the news source, Schmidt has made controversial remarks on television before, responding to those concerned about Google privacy settings by saying that they should either "just move" or that they shouldn't be doing anything they would need to hide in the first place.

Schmidt announced last week that he is due to step down as CEO in April 2011 and will be replaced by Google co-founder Larry Page. Schmidt will continue as executive chairman of Google and a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The unusually large equity award is the first of its kind for Schmidt, who joined the company in 2001. Google's send-off package will include stocks and stock options for the next four years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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