Scores-challenged CNN will reshuffle the deck chairs on the slowly sinking community, pushing out left-leaning primetime host Don Lemon from his plum solo slot to a newly created morning staff, boss Chris Licht announced Thursday.
Lemon will be part of Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow to interchange present “New Day” hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar.
Licht’s long-anticipated transfer to drop Lemon from prime time comes after new company overlord Warner Bros. Discovery pledged to shift CNN away from opinion-based reveals to extra centrist reporting of the information. Final month, the community canned Brian Stelter, the outspoken host of the now-canceled “Dependable Sources.”
Lemon — who typically espoused his liberal opinions on his 10 p.m. present “Don Lemon Tonight” — helmed the lowest-ranked program in primetime in August, averaging 660,000 viewers to complete a distant third to Fox and MSNBC.
A rep for CNN stated the community will likely be making an announcement on who will substitute Lemon within the subsequent few weeks.
Insiders have earmarked Kasie Hunt as a potential alternative for Lemon, or for the 9 p.m. slot, which was left open when Chris Cuomo was fired final yr over his position in advising his older brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his intercourse harassment scandal.
Sources not too long ago informed The Publish that Licht “has his work minimize out for him” as he tries to pump up the community’s scores.
In August, Fox Information dominated with 9 reveals making the highest 10 highest-rated cable information reveals. Solely MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pulled out a fifth-place rating with 2.7 million viewers, lagging behind Fox’s “The 5” (3.4 million), “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (3.3 million), “Hannity” (2.9 million) and “Jesse Watters Primetime” (2.9 million).
The one CNN present to crack the highest 25 was “Anderson Cooper 360” — in twenty fifth place with 950,000 viewers.
In the meantime, “New Day” got here in forty second place out of 82 cable information reveals, bringing in 396,000 complete viewers.
CNN didn’t present a begin date for the modifications however stated it would rename “New Day” and replace its set later this yr. Berman and Keilar will stay on the community, Licht stated.
The exec is thought for his earlier success launching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and revamping CBS’ morning present, which was then known as “CBS This Morning.” Each reveals featured vigorous dialog about present matters and information of the day with a broad collection of company.
“There isn’t any stronger mixture of expertise than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to ship on our promise of a game-changing morning information program,” Licht stated Thursday. “They’re every uniquely clever, dependable and compelling; collectively they’ve a uncommon and palpable chemistry. Mixed with CNN’s sources and world newsgathering capabilities, we are going to supply a sensible, daring and refreshing option to begin the day.”
Harlow has most not too long ago served as an anchor of “CNN Newsroom,” in addition to a reduction presenter at “New Day,” whereas Collins served as a White Home correspondent for the community.
The rejuggling additionally comes after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav stated he’s trying to search out no less than $3 billion in value financial savings in 2023 throughout the corporate. Earlier this yr, the dad or mum firm shuttered CNN+, the community’s month-old streaming service, shedding roughly 300 staffers.