Disgraced political analyst Mark Halperin could be plotting his comeback after being fired from his position at NBC following a number of sexual misconduct allegations, according to Page Six.
Halperin has allegedly been seen with “a string of powerful industry pals,” including representatives from CNN and PBS, Page Six reported Wednesday.
Individuals who worked closely with Halperin in the past told The Daily Caller News Foundation that they’re not surprised by the news of these meetings. (RELATED: NBC News Severs Contract With Mark Halperin)
“I think he’ll come back. Everyone but Weinstein will,” the insider told TheDCNF, referring to the number of entertainers and members of the media who have been recently outed in the past year.
Rumors about Halperin’s alleged sexual indiscretions had been an open secret in the media world for years, going back at least to his time as a journalist for Bloomberg where colleagues were familiar of his reputation.
Five women eventually publicly accused him of harassment last October — prompting his termination from NBC.
The allegations aside, Halperin’s sordid reputation could prove a liability for any organization that decides to give him a second chance.
“He’s a monster. Before the revelations of his perversions, he was the most despised political journalist in New York City or Washington, DC,” an insider said. Halperin was also described as “The Hairy Lecher.”
Friends of Halperin told Page Six that his meetings with media outlets contained “no discussion of TV,” and that Halperin “is not thinking about his career at this point.”
Halperin has admitted to having consensual relationships with colleagues, but denies ever crossing the line into harassment.
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