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NBC awaiting Maria Shriver’s return

If husband is elected governor, assignments may change
/ Source: The Associated Press

NBC is expecting Maria Shriver to return to work after the California recall and will talk to her about how her assignments will change if her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is elected governor. During the campaign, Shriver has been on an unpaid leave of absence from NBC, where she is a “Dateline NBC” correspondent and substitute anchor on news shows.

“If necessary after the election, we will work with her to determine what type of stories are appropriate,” NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust said Monday.

A spokesman from the Schwarzenegger campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Shriver told USA Today that she had always planned to return to NBC whether her husband won or lost.

(MSNBC is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC.)

“I think we’ll be able to work something out to everyone’s satisfaction,” she said. “If NBC will have me, I hope to come to work at the conclusion of the campaign.”

The recall vote will take place on Tuesday.

Gollust said NBC wants her back. Shriver will plainly not be able to cover stories about California politics, or about issues where her husband might have to make a decision, she said.

She noted that Shriver, a niece of former President John F. Kennedy, is used to the notion of having to steer clear of some topics.

“The statement ‘case-by-case basis’ is going to come into play an awful lot,” she said.