Rumors have heated up that Katie Couric could be jumping to CNN to reconnect with her former executive producer Jeff Zucker as buzz about her daytime talk show takes a turn for the worst.
It was just March when ABC-Disney announced that it had picked up Couric's talk show for a second season. But the New York Post reported that since Zucker left the show to take charge of CNN, the daytime talk fest has created a “very stressful” situation with a “staffing weirdness” and “no one making decisions.
Sources told the New York Post that they add a shake-up for Season 2 would address a “lack of leadership” as the show finds a balance between hard news and fluffy daytime-friendly topics.
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But sources close to Couric say a move to CNN is not true and that she has a deal with ABC. Zucker launched “Katie” in September 2012 before abruptly decamping to CNN as worldwide president.
“Jeff’s departure left a void,” said a source. “Then they had four co-executive producers and the staffing decisions being made were poor. Katie was left vulnerable.”
In April, Zucker poached “Katie” co-executive producer Michael Bass to be a senior vice president at CNN. Rachel Miskowiec of “The Tyra Banks Show” has now been brought in, and, a source told the Post, “for the first time since Jeff left, there’s finally someone in charge who can handle the show.”
Conner Simpson, of The Atlantic Wire, says though, there may not be a place for Couric at CNN
unless Zucker got really creative.
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"So let's operate under the assumption Couric will leave ABC, even though she's signed long term and network reps decline she's on the move, and join Zucker at CNN," Simpson said. "Where does Couric fit in? She could bounce Kate Bouldan from CNN's new morning show that had a long search to find its 'Katie Couric' role. Katie Couric would probably qualify. Sorry, Kate.
"Or, more likely, Couric could move into the (admittedly crowded) primetime lineup. There have been rumors swirling for months about what Zucker will do to makeover CNN in primetime, from landing Leno to reviving "Crossfire."
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