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CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley Fired

| by Jonathan Constante

News anchor Scott Pelley has been terminated from "CBS Evening News."

Pelley has been fired from CBS's flagship evening news show, and will be reassigned to "60 minutes," Page Six reported. His office was allegedly cleared out while he was away on assignment for "60 Minutes."

"It's been coming for a long time. This could have been handled better -- [Pelley] is away on a story, and they’re cleaning out his office," an unidentified source told the gossip site. "It's not the correct way to treat the face of CBS news."

The source added that the decision could have been a result of friction between Pelley and CBS News President David Rhodes. The source said the two "don't get on."

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"[Rhodes] 'is making [Pelley] move to 60 Minutes," the source said.

CNN was told by another source that Pelley had asked for his office to be cleared out while he was away. CBS News has not issued a statement regarding the rumors, but the network is expected to make a formal announcement on May 31.

Pelley has been a correspondent on "60 Minutes" since 2004. Before that, he severed as a correspondent on "60 Minutes II" for five years. He had already made a name for himself as CBS's Chief White House Correspondent between 1997 and 1999.

Pelley took over for Katie Couric as the anchor for "CBS Evening News" in 2011. He was nicknamed "Poison Pelley" after he allegedly screamed at a reporter, "You wouldn't last 10 seconds at CBS News!" in 2013.

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Senior national correspondent Anthony Mason had been filling in for Pelley during his absence at the news program. He will continue to fill in until the network finds a permanent replacement, sources told CNN.

One alleged potential candidate is Norah O’Donnell of "CBS This Morning," the Los Angeles Times reported. However, skeptics say the network is reluctant to break up the successful show's lineup, which features Charlie Rose and Gayle King.

Page Six had previously reported in December that Pelley might be on his way out of the anchor chair position on the show. The network denied the story at the time, telling the gossip site, “There’s no truth to this.”

In May, “ABC World News” averaged 7.59 million viewers a night while “NBC Nightly News” averaged 7.56 million viewers, according to sweeps ratings measured by Nielsen, said the Los Angeles Times. Pelley's broadcast averaged 6.1 million.

Sources: Page Six, CNN, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Peabody Awards/Flickr

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