Insider: ABC Forced Diane Sawyer Out?!
“It’s no coincidence,” insiders speculate WHY DIANE SAWYER was forced to “retire” along with other top newsgals? Sexism, ageism OR WORSE?!
With Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Cynthia McFadden all recently departing from ABC, the network’s slate of female journalists is looking pretty slim — and insiders speculate that the spate of retirements is no coincidence.
“It can’t be coincidental that Diane’s retirement came so soon after Barbara’s,” an insider told RadarOnline.
The timing of Sawyer’s abrupt departure shocked many as ABC World News had just beaten NBC’s Nightly News for the first time in years during the recent May sweeps.
But a press release issued by the network seemed to hint at behind-the-scenes issues, when it noted that she’d share the victory with David Muir, because he’d “substituted for Ms. Sawyer … the same three nights …that ABC beat NBC …”
“Now, there’s buzz at the network that Diane was forced out,” the insider continued. “In addition, the recent high profile departures of veteran journalist, Cynthia McFadden to NBC, and Katie Couric to Yahoo, leave the network slim in the high profile female anchors department.”
In fact, Sawyer’s decision means that men will anchor all three major network news shows for the first time since 2006.
Meanwhile, ABC which is owned by The Walt Disney Corporation has denied the insiders' claims.