Monday, June 24, 2024

Media Mayhem as Big Personalities Are Tossed for a Variety of Reasons: Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon, Jeff Shell, More to Come?


It’s been a red letter day for media mayhem.

In the space of a weekend, well known media faces, plus the head of a huge company, have been tossed out for a variety of reasons.

Of course, at Fox News, there’s still no mention of Tucker Carlson being fired. At Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post, the Carlson story is buried but Don Lemon getting fired at CNN is splattered all over the website.

Then there’s the saga of NBC Univeral CEO Jeff Shell, who was fired because he was having an affair with a CNBC correspondent, Hadley Gamble. Will she be fired, too? Stay tuned…

All of this comes not that long after the two anchors of “Good Morning America” in the afternoon, each married, were having an affair with each other.

Add to that soon “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray” are going off the air — with no scandals. The entire landscape of media is changing fast, for good and for bad.

CNN has wanted to get rid of Don Lemon for a long time. Just before the announcement about his departure, CNN announced that Gayle King and Charles Barkley are getting a weekly prime time show, and Chris Wallace’s weekly show is being moved into prime time. With Carlson gone at 9pm, CNN has lucked out.

Next move for CNN: Bring John Berman back to the morning show. Next move for Fox: fire Maria Bartiromo and Sean Hannity.

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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