15. David Gregory
Meet the Press, $4 million
During Gregory’s tenure at Meet the Press, the show’s ratings fell to their lowest in 21 years and it regularly placed third among Sunday morning news shows. The Washington Post reported that NBC hired a “psychological consultant” to assess Mr. Gregory. NBC did not deny this, saying it had hired a “brand consultant” to evaluate how Gregory connected with the audience. On August 14, 2014, NBC announced Gregory would leave the parent network, with his hosting duties assumed by Chuck Todd. The New York Post reported NBC had paid Gregory $4 million to leave the network, and he had signed a non-disparagement clause. On August 17, 2014, Andrea Mitchell hosted Meet the Press, and paid brief tribute to Gregory’s career at NBC, saying, “In 20 years with NBC News, David has done it all…. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of this program and NBC News.