According to the New York Post’s Page Six, CNN morning anchor Soledad O’Brien will be leaving the network as part of the ongoing reorganization by new CNN president Jeff Zucker.
O’Brien, whose morning program Starting Point is being replaced by a new show featuring Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo, was apparently promised a prime-time slot. But since that failed to materialize, she is telling friends that she is ready to leave, according to the Post.
Zucker and O’Brien previously worked together at NBC, and it was thought that she would be able to parlay that relationship into a more prominent prime-time slot.
But Zucker cut his chops at NBC by making The Today Show into a ratings juggernaut. He did it by focusing on soft news and entertainment, a plan which he is apparently looking to replicate at CNN with the dumping of the hard-news oriented O’Brien.
Back in December, before Zucker officially took over, O’Brien told The New York Times Magazine’s Adam Goldman that she was “fairly confident that I’m not going to be cooking salmon and doing fashion shows on CNN.”
Apparently she was right.