CNN needs someone to fill the time slot occupied by former anchor Chris Cuomo. This past weekend, the network decided to part ways with Cuomo, following the details of how involved he was in his brother’s, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sexual harassment case.
However, before parting ways with Cuomo, who was on temporary suspension at the time, a CNN spokesperson announced that Michael Smerconish would be filling in this week for the timeslot.
Smerconish is a seasoned media veteran as he’s a popular radio host and also leads a Saturday-morning hour on CNN.
It will be interesting to see if Smerconish decides to be the temporary host for the time slot as CNN ponders what to do long-term or if the network has someone else in mind for a stopgap solution.
Cuomo provided a statement on being terminated by the company over the weekend.
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said.
“So now let me say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
Alex Wagner Is Replacing Rachel Maddow Tuesday-Friday on MSNBC
Wagner’s show debuts on Aug. 16, and the name has not been announced.
This year marked the transition of Rachel Maddow away from being a daily news host at MSNBC as she works on other projects, which is part of her new contract. As a result, it’s been a revolving door of hosts filling for Maddow’s time away.
However, that’s all about to change as Alex Wagner is succeeding Rachel Maddow as the weekday host of MSNBC’s 9 p.m. hour, four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.
In an interview with the New York Times, MSNBC president Rashida Jones shared the news about Wagner being the new permanent host for the four days that Maddow is away.
“This is not a show where our hair is on fire, and we’re yelling past each other, and we’re creating these manufactured moments of tension. I really want the takeaway from this show to be a better understanding of what’s happening in the world,” Jones said regarding the show’s format under Wagner.
Wagner rejoined MSNBC this past February as a political analyst and guest host in primetime, mostly filling in for Maddow and occasionally for Chris Hayes. Furthermore, Wagner becomes the only Asian American to host a primetime cable news show.
Her show debuts on Aug. 16, and the name has not been announced.
Tony Dokoupil Reportedly Extends Deal With CBS News
Dokoupil spent several years writing for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and NBC News’ digital side before coming aboard at CBS News
CBS News is keeping its “CBS Mornings” co-anchor Tony Dokoupil as Variety reports that the two parties have reached a contract extension that would keep him alongside Gayle King and Nate Burleson.
With Dokoupil now inked to a new deal, the morning news show wars are on as CBS attempted to close the gap with their rivals NBC, who has the “Today Show,” and ABC with “Good Morning America.”
Usually, “Today” conquers the critical demographic. Meanwhile, “CBS Mornings,” with a new format launched last September, has seen its share boost among female viewers in that age range. Furthermore, the top executive at CBS News considers a unique opportunity in the A.M.
“The re-imagined ‘CBS Mornings’ — which distinguishes itself everyday through its hard-hitting reporting, longer-form storytelling, and exclusive interviews – is hitting its stride,” says Neeraj Khemlani, co-president of CBS’ news-and-stations unit.
“The program is closer to its competitors now more than at any point in the history of the franchise — more than 10 years ago, more than 5 years ago. Gayle, Tony, Nate, and Vlad have incredible chemistry, and under the strong leadership of Shawna Thomas, the entire anchor, reporting, and producing teams have the wind at their backs…and the audience is clearly responding.”
Dokoupil spent several years writing for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and NBC News’ digital side before coming aboard at CBS News as a correspondent and contributor to “Sunday Morning.”
In his time as “CBS This Morning,” co-host Dokoupil has often been dispatched to big breaking-news scenes, and he emphasizes “talking to regular people where the story is happening and happening to them.”
Christi Paul: I Couldn’t Be Who I Needed for My Family
Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul
Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul, who bid an emotional goodbye to her colleagues and audience.
Paul will be returning to her home state of Ohio to begin in a new position, but before that, the show aired a retrospective of Paul’s time at the cable news channel. Furthermore, she received messages from several coworkers, including her former co-anchor Victor Blackwell and her current one, Boris Sanchez.
She told the viewers that the decision was “part of the Great Resignation,” choosing to step back from the high-profile but highly-demanding weekend anchor role.
“I love these people. I love this place. I am so grateful, and I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. We’re up between 1:00 and 2:00 every Saturday and Sunday. And I just could not be who I needed to be for my family, is what it really came down to,” Paul said.
Also, the experience of her husband’s battle with Covid-19, which had him go to the ER at one point in 2020 and separated from their parents during the pandemic, made her and her husband rethink their priorities.
“It was really bad for about three-and-a-half weeks, and there were moments I thought I was going to be a single mom,” she added.