Piers Morgan may find himself a soft landing cushioned at CNN in a later slot. The narcissistic Brit host has proved his métier is not reporting live breaking news. Kicking him to 10p and a late-night talk show seem better suited to CNN’s chatty celebrity stalker. New CNN Worldwide head Jeff Zucker is already rattling the ranks in the media before he assumes the position in January.
NYP: Zucker may look to carve out a role for Morgan when his three-year, $8 million contract expires next year. In 2010, the British journalist was hired to replace the retiring Larry King and help win back viewers from rivals.
“They will keep Piers. He’ll be the kind of person Zucker will want to keep. They are not interested in doing a total cleaning of house,” said one exec familiar with the discussions.
CNN, which is lagging behind Fox and MSNBC in the ratings, is also looking to stop showing repeats of Anderson Cooper’s news show. The network has been airing “AC360” at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. after the cancellation of Eliot Spitzer’s show more than a year ago.
“As for Anderson Cooper, I’d expect he’d no longer keep the 8 p.m. slot and the 10 p.m. slot, and Piers Morgan would be moved out of 9 p.m.,” said the executive.