On the airwaves this morning, disc jockeys were chatting each other up over an alleged insider "tip" that Anderson Cooper - a mainstay over at CNN for a handful of years now - may fly the coop!
Was the initial invite for Anderson Cooper to contribute to 60 Minutes (the CBS flagship ratings-getter) a sly overture to pave the way for the "Silver Fox" to transition his way over to the competing network?
Some say, yes!
According to pulse-takers and media watchdogs, CBS News executives have their sights set on the handsome bachelor, who has an apparent festish for work-out gyms and wet spandex tightie-whities.
With a foot in the door now, it's just a matter of time before Anderson may choose to casually seque into a full-fledged role shaping the news format at CBS by way of an anchor post.
Some astute observers have noted over the past twenty-four hours that Katie Couric’s contract expires in a year or so - and that the time is ripe - to approach the rising media star stirring up ratings at CNN.
His high-profile coverage of the Haiti disaster hasn't been anything to sniff at, for starters.
Although a meeting allegedly took place months ago, some naysayers are pooh-poohing the notion that there is a behind-the-scenes play for Anderson to sign on the dotted line.
Some sources are boldly conjecturing that CBS Executives are pining for Mr. Cooper to replace Ms. Couric.
That sword works both ways for CBS.
Even if Cooper is not interested in jumping ship - any activity (surreptitious or otherwise) that hints negotiations are underway - may force Katie Couric's hand!
Meanwhile, CNN appears to be putting out fires in the wake of the media storm.
"The rumors that Cooper recently met with CBS News regarding an anchor position are false," a spokesperson at CNN asserted in so many words at the beginning of the week.
"He is not engaged in any additional conversations with them (CBS) beyond those necessary for his continuing role on 60 Minutes," he added with finality.
Will the grey-haired wonder utter up a comment or two to set the record straight?
News at 11!