David Gregory compares 'Meet the Press' gig, NBC relationship to 'miserable' marriage

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There is apparently no love lost between former "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory and NBC.

Gregory exited the Sunday morning program in August 2014, now he is describing what went wrong in his new book "How's Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey."

"My relationship with 'Meet the Press' during that last year was like a marriage that you know is bad but you can't leave," Gregory says in an excerpt from the book, published Sunday by Salon.

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"I was miserable, but I needed to be told the company didn't support me before I could come to terms with the end," he writes, before going on to reveal that he was never offered another position within the network.

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David Gregory compares 'Meet the Press' gig, NBC relationship to 'miserable' marriage
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Chuck Todd, Moderator, 'Meet the Press,' appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 31, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' at the White House in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, left, and Moderator Chuck Todd, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report, John Stanton, Washington Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed, Moderator Chuck Todd, Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News Senior Political Analyst & Host of MSNBCs Morning Joe appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, left, Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, center, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News Senior Political Analyst & Host of MSNBCs Morning Joe right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Chuck Todd, Host, 'Meet the Press' -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) John Stanton, Washington Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed, Moderator Chuck Todd, and Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Leiter, Fmr. Director, Natl. Counterterrorism Center, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Moderator Chuck Todd, Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News Senior Political Analyst & Host of MSNBCs Morning Joe appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, left, and Nia-Malika Henderson, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Moderator Chuck Todd, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Rana Foroohar, TIME Assistant Managing Editor, left, and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 1, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Anita Dunn, Fmr. White House Communications Director, Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, moderator David Gregory, Will.i.am, and Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Columnist, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, left, and Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor & Managing Editor of PBS Newshour, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 05, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathleen Parker, Columnist, The Washington Post, left, and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director & Chief White House Correspondent, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Pace, Associated Press White House Correspondent, left, and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Julie Pace, Associated Press White House Correspondent, left, and Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, left, and Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor & Managing Editor of PBS Newshour, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 05, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NBC's Chuck Todd moderates the debate with Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliff and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli at tje Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Nikki Kahn, Pool)
FILE - This Oct. 29, 2010 file photo shows Chuck Todd of NBC News at the White House in Washington. NBC News says Todd will replace David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press.” He begins Sept. 7. Gregory, who has hosted the Sunday morning public-affairs program since 2008, will leave the network. He had been with NBC News since 1995. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 05, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Chuck Todd appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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"Although NBC backed me initially, the net­work decided late in the summer that it would not com­mit to me in the long term," he says. "Could I have done something else at the network? In theory, yes. But as the damaging leaks kept coming, it became clear to me that they weren't in­terested in that. It never came up as an option."

These latest details about Gregory's exit come four days after he criticized the way NBC handled the situation during a television interview.

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"It was handled in a way that was unnecessary. NBC made a business decision which you can agree with or disagree with. It just didn't need to be handled that way, and the process of it was difficult," Gregory told "CBS This Morning" Wednesday.

Gregory announced the end of his six-year run as host of "Meet the Press" last summer on Twitter. He claims in his book that he was yanked off the air without being given a chance to say goodbye to viewers.

"NBC had decided it didn't want to risk another 'Ann Curry moment,' which has become a byword in the TV business for an on-air embar­rassment, after Curry's long and tearful farewell from her job as 'Today' show cohost," he writes. "Because of this ill-conceived concern, NBC decided not to let me have a final show... I was furious when I heard that. I felt like they were snuffing me out."

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The shakeup followed months of speculation that NBC would replace Gregory after its flagship Sunday news program slid to third place in the ratings behind CBS' "Face The Nation" and ABC's "This Week." Gregory was immediately replaced by MSNBC's Chuck Todd.

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