It’s Official: CNN Dumps Soledad O’Brien

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:38 am

Clearly there’s a race at CNN to become as lily-white as their low-rated competitors at MSNBC.

High-profile morning anchor Soledad O’Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned.

We’re told award-winning journalist O’Brien has indicated she is ready to leave after she was initially promised a plum prime-time slot, but that role has so far failed to materialize.

Award-winning? Really? But wait, there’s more comedy:

The source added, “Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, and is a tough interviewer. That doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.”

Another source added, “Soledad is a big star, and would only stay for the right show. There’s word there will be a flurry of announcements at CNN very soon, including Erin’s move to the morning.”

How is it this award-winning big star has no ratings?

Soledad, who fronted documentaries “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” was a favorite of former CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton, who stepped down at the end of last year. A CNN rep said, “We don’t comment on speculation.”

Now she can work on that big new project “Unemployed in America.”

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14 Responses to “It’s Official: CNN Dumps Soledad O’Brien”

  1. cyclown on 20/20/13 at 10:10 am

    She could always be the traffic reporter for Modesto. Or human interest reporter in Boise.

  2. sans_sheriff on 20/20/13 at 10:41 am

    Is it wrong that I snickered thinking about Erin Burnett moving into Soledad’s slot?

  3. 29Victor on 20/20/13 at 11:14 am

    …and kudos to all minority CNN contributors for keeping their mouths shut about this. You have to admire how much they’re willing to put up with to keep their jobs.

  4. Jim on 20/20/13 at 11:53 am

    CNN could also can that woman who asked of asteroids were caused by global warming. That would be a good start on reorganization. And credibility.

  5. lyle on 20/20/13 at 12:04 pm

    Or human interest reporter in Boise.

    Hey what did the nice folks in Boise do to you to suggest such a thing?

  6. Joe Bar on 20/20/13 at 12:44 pm

    The TV in the gym is locked on CNN in the AM. I’d rather look at Erin Burnett any day of the wek.

  7. Kevin on 20/20/13 at 12:47 pm

    Erin Burnett is very pretty and ok as a newscaster. But I can’t stand to watch her ever since she called the president of the US a monkey.

  8. Mikey on 20/20/13 at 1:28 pm

    The problem has always been with Ms. O’Brien, that constant pained bitchy expression on her face.
    Like she’s on her period AND has bad gas at the same time.
    The smug phoniness and total shilling for The Champ.
    Gotta mention that too.
    Karmas a b!tch, ain’t it. Crowfeet too!