In what has become the cable-news version of Survivor, the ground continues to shift at CNN as new president Jeff Zucker tries to remake the network.
John King, whose John King USA show flopped and was believed to have been headed out the door after Jake Tapper was given his office, received a reprieve with a new contract and will stay with the network in a yet to be determined role.
Anderson Cooper, who has been one of the most popular and ratings reliable hosts on CNN, will apparently see his 10 p.m. show axed—it was usually a repeat of his 8 p.m. show—in favor of what has been rumored to be a “big hire.”
But the biggest change could come with the possible departure of Candy Crowley. According to FishbowlDC, Crowley was scheduled to handle the inauguration coverage and then was pulled in favor of Brooke Baldwin and sister network HLN’s Robin Meade. That, combined with Zucker’s statement last year that political programming would decrease while the overall programming would increase from the Washington bureau, has Crowley thinking about possibly leaving the network.
Zucker has been busy adding and subtracting from the CNN lineup since he officially took over at the beginning of the year, and with some holes still to fill in primetime, he is far from done.