*”Today” correspondent and former NFL running back Tiki Barber reportedly tried to get his old job back at the Fox News Channel on the sneak tip last year, but was given the stiff-arm.
The ex-New York Giants player has already made headlines this week with allegations that he left his pregnant wife for a 23-year-old intern. Today, the New York Post reports that Barber “tried to come crawling back to ‘Fox & Friends’ because he was upset about being sidelined on the ‘Today’ show.
Tiki contributed to the FNC morning show from 2005 to 2007 before joining the “Today” show, “where his underwhelming on-air segments caused producers to use him less and less,” the Post’s Page Six reported.
“Tiki was unhappy that ‘Today’ wasn’t using him as much as he thought they would, and he wanted to come back to ‘Fox & Friends,’ ” a source told The Post. “His agent approached Fox about a year ago, but they said, ‘No, thanks.’ He was not perceived as a hot commodity after he left the Giants. And he didn’t make many friends at Fox. Tiki was perceived as very smug and self-absorbed. Plus, he basically used them as a steppingstone to go to ‘Today.’ “