Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jeff Zucker Kicks Ass, Makes Big Changes at CNN: Cuomo and Burnett to Host Morning Show


Jeff Zucker is cleaning house so fast today at CNN that heads are spinning, rolling, and screaming. Chris Cuomo is coming over from ABC’s “20/20” to co-host the new morning show with Erin Burnett. CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker is out. So are James Carville and Mary Matalin, who’ve been with CNN forever. There’s talk of moving Anderson Cooper, maybe to midday, since his evening ratings are not great. Also, if you’ve noticed, James Earl Jones is back announcing “This is CNN.” No one knows where Soledad O’Brien goes, but she’s great so I hope there’s something for her. The Cuomo-Burnett pairing is very good. And no one knows morning better than former “Today” show whiz Zucker. More changes coming…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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