Basically, the gist of the Page Six piece was that Muir hates that Lester Holt is winning the ratings game, even when Muir gets an exclusive (like Hillary Clinton’s apology last week).
His color is off.” Muir has gone through two makeup artists at the network since he got the top job, but still insists on doing his own final touches after the professional is finished.
I mean, it was poorly produced TV garbage – the Pope was fine, he was doing his thing, but the concept of the special was just terrible and stilted. Anyway, the Anchor Monster hasn’t finished pissing off everyone he knows, because he apparently wears too much makeup and he cakes on the orange stuff like a Kardashian.
Insiders at ABC are partly blaming the ratings decline for “World News Tonight With David Muir” on the anchor’s makeup, with one insider telling [email protected] he “looks like an Oompa Loompa” on air.
David feels under pressure and returned to New York from Rome cranky and has been lashing out at the staff.
He screams at the crew unless [ABC News President] James Goldston is around.
Friday’s heavily promoted “20/20” special featuring Muir and the pope was only neck-and-neck with a repeat of NBC’s “Dateline.” On Monday, “World News Tonight” aired segments from Muir’s papal session, but the ABC broadcast again trailed NBC by nearly a million viewers — with a little more than 8.01 million compared to NBC’s average of 9 million. 1 in total viewers all 11 weeks since Holt was officially named anchor.
An ABC source tells us, “Despite the biggest ‘get’ in the world — the pope — David is still losing to Lester.
On an open mike he was heard complaining he wanted less of the reporters’ voices and more of his own during the pope town hall.
He’s becoming known as ‘Anchor Monster.’” [From Page Six] I watched the 20/20 special with the Pope and it was garbage.
The first piece came from Page Six and it was all about how Muir has been nicknamed because people who work in TV journalism are great at nicknames.
He’s got that sort of clean-cut Boy Scout vibe that makes for a good nightly news anchor. I think David Muir has pissed off someone important, because there have been two hilariously mean gossip items in the past week.