According to a report on The Washington Post, on May 18, MSNBC host Ed Schultz emerged the winner in a legal dispute with NBC employee Michael Queen, who alleges that Schultz unfairly excluded him out of his TV deal, even after he had partnered with the former radio host to help launch his television career.
Queen also claims that he had discussed ownership percentages with Schultz, and that they verbally agreed to giving Queen a quarter of the show’s income. He supported his claims with an e-mail from Schultz assuring the partnership, which Schultz did not dispute.
However, the federal jury overseeing the trial ultimately sided with Schultz.
Although Schultz, who is known primarily for his passionate on-screen antics, won’t have to pay his would-be partner the $100,000 he was seeking, the whole ordeal has cost the blustery TV talker a little something by way of pride, if not money.
During proceedings, some embarrassing e-mails in which Schultz insulted fellow network commentator Chris Matthews were revealed. Additionally, Schultz, while under interrogation, had to contradict Phil Griffin, who is MSNBC chief and also Schultz’s boss, denying the latter’s claim that he had been hired after asking a question of President Obama at a televised news conference. Schultz told the court that he hadn’t even been called on at the press event.
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