McGuire is yet to have an on air role in 2008 for the Nine Network, despite his $5 million annual salary.
At its “We Heart TV” 2008 launch, none of McGuire’s game shows were trumpeted, although he later assured media he would be back on screen.
Fusion Media analyst Steve Allen, who is frequently sourced for Seven-friendly articles, told the Daily Telegraph, “He’s the invisible man of Nine at the moment, he’s absolutely nowhere.”
But analyst Harold Mitchell said no one should write off McGuire: “Eddie is still a strong television personality,” he said. “He is still a big drawcard on TV and he’ll return as a star attraction.”
The article makes no mention of the success of Underbelly – the hit series which McGuire was instrumental in getting to screen.
But the truly ridiculous thing is that after Nine’s “annus horribilis” a large ground-swell was screaming for McGuire to adopt a low-profile. Now he’s done that, yet there is still criticism? Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Whoever has masterminded Eddie resting, has made the right move, and should stick to their guns. And whatever vehicle Nine eventually brings back for McGuire it should be live to air, an arena in which he has few peers.
Source: Daily Telegraph