Former Senator Jeff Flake could be gracing the small screen in the coming months as an anchor for CBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Flake left office on Jan. 3 after deciding not to run for reelection in the 2018 midterms. The former Senate Republican made headlines during his last term for being a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and many right-wing policies.
Despite rumors that Flake might challenge the president for the 2020 presidential election, the former Senator has made no comments confirming that possibility.
Flake was seen at CBS’s New York headquarters on Friday, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, could serve as an on-air contributor, or even play a bigger role at the network.
“His future in television has been rumored for a while now, ever since he announced in the fall of 2017 that he would not seek re-election,” THR stated.
“Even the president played into the rumor mill on Wednesday, suggesting during a cabinet meeting in the White House that Flake will “probably go to work for CNN. That’s my prediction.” (A CNN spokesperson said the network wouldn’t comment on such speculation.)”
Questions about Flake’s future began when it was announced that he would not be running for re-election, however, Flake’s office did not return a request for comment from THR.
According to a June Daily Beast report, Flake was, “shopping around for a possible post-senate cable news gig.”
The article stated that Flake met with both MSNBC president Phil Griffin and with rival network CNN’s chief Jeff Zucker.
When questioned by The Daily Beast about his possible future with cable-news, Flake neither confirmed or denied that the meetings took place.
“That’s down the road—that’s six months,” Flake said with a laugh.
Should Flake take a position in news, he wouldn’t be the first former politician to do so, and he wouldn’t even be the only politician retiring in 2019 to look into the option.
Former Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA), signed a contributor deal with CNN almost immediately after his departure, according to the Daily Beast, and recently retired Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has reportedly been on a “listening tour” that brought him to MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, and others.