NBC Universal Lets Donny Deutsch Back in the Building

Calm Down, Olberman; He's Not in Front of the Camera

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MSNBC may not be overly fond of Donny Deutsch, but its parent company certainly is.

Deutsch, the adman-turned-talk-show-host, moderated a panel Tuesday on behalf of NBC Universal's integrated-sales marketing team, holding forth with such ad luminaries as Peggy Green, vice-chairman of Publicis Groupe's Zenith Media. He dined with no less than Jeff Zucker, president-CEO of NBC Universal, by his side.

The appearance of the bespectacled chairman of Interpublic Group's Deutsch comes just a week or so after NBC Universal's MSNBC canceled his guest run on the cable-news network, citing concerns over a segment Deutsch hosted about the news media's capacity to cause anger. A report in the New York Times suggested Mr. Deutsch had angered popular MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, though an MSNBC spokesman denied to that paper that Olberman's Anger issues had been at the root of the network's decision to end Mr. Deutsch's guest-hosting tenure. (Ratings were what ended his previous gig with CNBC as host of long-running "The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch.")

Whatever the reason for the show's end, Mr. Deutsch seemed to take it all in stride. "It's good to be back in the building," he told an assemblage of ad buyers, journalists and NBC executives.

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