Report: Gaetz’s Dream Of Being Media Host Likely Dashed By Latest Allegations

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After Axios reported Tuesday morning that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was considering leaving Congress early to pursue working for one of the right-wing media outlets, Gaetz confirmed to The Daily Beast that he had indeed talked with networks but had not solicited or received any offers.

The Axios report came hours before The New York Times dropped a story about Gaetz being investigated by the Justice Department over allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, which The Daily Beast noted may well put a dent in any plans Gaetz might have had for a career change.

For weeks, before news of the investigation broke, the MAGA congressman explored the possibility of a soft landing in right-wing media, reportedly including a potential job at Newsmax and, as The Daily Beast has learned: One America News Network and Fox News.

Two sources familiar with the situation said that Gaetz also indicated to OAN that he was interested in exiting politics for a TV gig. When asked by The Daily Beast whether he inquired with the network about a possible post-congressional job, Gaetz confirmed on Wednesday afternoon: “Yes. I’ve had many conversations with many people about life after Congress. These conversations have been very general in nature and have never included me soliciting or receiving an offer of employment.”

He continued: “There is not a single conservative television station I haven’t had a passing conversation with about life after Congress. I have neither received nor solicited offers from any of them. But yes, I’ve talked to either executives, producers or hosts at Newsmax, OAN, Fox, Fox Business, Real America’s Voice and probably others I’m forgetting in this moment as I focus intently on refuting false accusations against me.”

Those accusations might have dashed “Gaetz’s hopes of a potential transition from Congress to a cable-news career” in “some corners of Trumpist media,” The Daily Beast noted.

A Fox News Media spokesperson told the news outlet: “No one with any level of authority has had conversations with Matt Gaetz for any of our platforms and we have no interest in hiring him.”

OAN’s founder and CEO Robert Herring said he had received a call at some point from “somebody” who said Gaetz might be looking for a job, but he indicated he was not interested.

Herring, who said he didn’t remember when he received the call or who it was that called him, told The Daily Beast: “Right now, I’m not really hiring anybody for talk shows. I think he is a great congressman, and I told [that ‘somebody’] to tell him to stay there. That’s what I want Congressman Gaetz to do.”

Amid the current scandal, Gaetz’s chances are likely to further diminish, per the report.

“Probably not,” one of the OAN insiders told The Daily Beast when asked if Gaetz has a chance to be hired by the network after the news that the feds are probing his alleged payment for the 17-year-old girl’s travel alongside him—a potential violation of sex-trafficking laws. Gaetz has repeatedly denied the allegations and claimed the investigation is part of an extortion effort against his family.

Multiple Newsmax insiders also echoed similar doubts that Gaetz has any future as a cable-news host, with one source pointedly declaring, “Highly doubt it, highly.” A Newsmax spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “We don’t comment on talent discussions or future programming plans.”

However, “one OAN insider remarked that it’s just as possible that the network may decide to look past the accusations as the conspiracy-peddling channel embraces controversy and could paint Gaetz as a victim of the so-called deep state,” The Daily Beast wrote.

Read the full report.

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