Life after Google: Schmidt eyes talk show shtick
What do you do after ten years running one of the worldâ€™s most successful and feared companies?
If youâ€™re Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, it seems the role of television talk-show host holds some appeal. The 55-year-old Schmidt, who in April will hand over day-to-day control of Google to co-founder Larry Page, has been working on developing a show that would feature him as the host, according to the New York Postâ€™s Page Six.
The article does not say exactly what type of talk-show Schmidt wants to emcee.
Will Schmidt, who has toiled in the tech industry for decades, cast himself as a feel-good self-help guru a la Dr Phil, or might he see a model of inspiration in Jerry Springerâ€™s tireless work chronicling the everyday dramas and disputes of regular Joes?
If the morning crowd is Schmidtâ€™s cup of tea, his timing may be perfect, following the recent news that Regis Philbin plans to retire.
But Schmidt may have something with a bit more gravitas in mind, given that heâ€™s been working with Liza McGuirk, the executive producer of CNNâ€™s â€śParker Spitzerâ€ť program, according to the Post.
In fact, Schmidt has appeared as a guest on “Parker Spitzer” in the past, as well as on programs like â€śFareed Zakaria GPSâ€ť, which McGuirk also served as executive producer, according to the Post.
Schmidt had a track record of making controversial comments in past television appearances (he once memorably told a TV interviewer that people who have something to hide perhaps shouldnâ€™t do it in the first place) — something that could potentially prove an asset for a new show in need of a ratings boost.
But according to the Post, Schmidt may need to work on his delivery if the career transition is to be a success.
“Eric Schmidt has been looking for a TV job for over a year,” a CNN insider told the Post. “But the pilot he filmed with Liza was a complete disaster.”