As odd rumors go, Eric Schmidt leaving Google to take up a new role as a talk-show host is pretty out there, but that’s just what the NYPost‘s sources are claiming. The Google CEO – who will step down on April 4 and be replaced by Larry Page – has reportedly “been looking for a TV job for over a year” according to sources at CNN, and in fact filmed a pilot for the network back in August 2010.
Unfortunately, it sounds like Schmidt could do with working on his TV skills; according to the insider “the pilot he filmed with Liza was a complete disaster.” That hasn’t dissuaded the exec, however. ”Eric wants to be a talk-show host. He’s been working with Liza to develop a show, but he has not yet been picked up by any network” another anonymous source claims.
Schmidt hasn’t commented, and we can’t really imagine that happening – well, not until the pilot hits the network. Schmidt has certainly done the rounds of the big tech events and is comfortable finding himself up on stage, but it remains to be seen whether he’s as happy asking the questions as he is answering them.