As CNN ponders Chris Cuomo’s future throughout his indefinite suspension, different anchors are starting to examine themselves as the subsequent CNN primetime host. On Tuesday, the community suspended Cuomo indefinitely following new particulars launched within the New York AG’s investigation of his brother Andrew Cuomo’s sexual assault allegations.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo is unlikely to maintain his job, a gig that pays him $6 million a 12 months.
“The buzz inside CNN is it’s over,” the outlet quoted a supply as saying.
So if Cuomo is out, who may CNN look to as his successor? The Post says Jake Tapper and Brian Stelter are two present pundits aiming for the job:
“If Cuomo’s suspension turns into everlasting, CNN’s Jake Tapper, who hosts The Lead from 4 p.m. to six p.m. weekdays, seems to be the front-runner to exchange him, sources stated.
“And chief media correspondent Brian Stelter ‘wants the job.’”
Stelter’s inclusion will draw a response. Yet the transfer would shock me, regardless that Jeff Zucker is a fan of Stelter’s work. First, what does the Post’s supply imply after they say Stelter “wants the job.” If requested the query, most anchors would “want” a chance to entrance their community’s main time slot, which at CNN is 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, particulars are most plentiful for Tapper, who has reportedly pressured Zucker to behave on Cuomo following the AG report:
“One source said Tapper — who publicly blasted Chris Cuomo’s ethics in May, after The Washington Post revealed he took part in strategy sessions with his brother’s aides and advisers — appeared to be gunning for the gig.”
Tapper, who at the moment hosts dayside, would deliver a distinct tempo to primetime than Cuomo. While opinionated, Tapper is much less charismatic than Cuomo. Though which may be for what CNN hopes as its mum or dad firm, WarnerMedia, clears the best way to merge with Discovery Inc. in 2022. The main shareholder in Discovery and chief architect behind the WarnerMedia-Discovery merger, John Malone not too long ago stated final week he hopes to see CNN evolve again to “actual journalism.”
In a matter of technicality, Tapper is extra of a “journalist” than Cuomo. Moreover, Tapper is CNN’s most necessary determine, one the community invested in final 12 months by selling him to steer anchor for main D.C. occasions.
Jim Acosta, Michael Smerconish, and Laura Coates are different in-house names to look at ought to CNN half methods with Cuomo. Sadly, CNN may additionally elevate Don Lemon from his 10 p.m. time slot to 9 p.m.
As for Chris Cuomo’s future, I argued Wednesday that Cuomo himself, who seemingly sees the writing on the wall, may expedite his exit with an agreed-upon buyout — an final result that might profit each events. Without CNN, Cuomo can develop his SiriusXM radio present or launch a digital media firm, alone or with media companions.
The timetable for CNN’s ultimate choice on Cuomo stays unclear.