Soledad O'Brien Move to 'Real Sports' Is a Split Decision on Twitter

Image: Soledad O'Brien Move to 'Real Sports' Is a Split Decision on Twitter Soledad O'Brien, left, and Bryant Gumbel of 'Real Sports.'

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 07:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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HBO revealed this week that former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will join Bryant Gumbel on "Real Sports," an announcement that drew split reactions from Twitter users.

O'Brien will work as a reporter on the monthly magazine show that delves into the world off the field and beyond the scores.

"It's exactly what I've been doing for a long time — telling stories about human beings and their struggles," she said of her new job.

Her first story, due later this month, is about war veterans who use martial arts to help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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"Soledad is a perfect fit for 'Real Sports,'" said HBO Sports president Ken Hershman in a statement. "She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports."

But Twitter reactions to O'Brien's new gig as a "Real Sports" reporter were mixed. Some were excited and happy for her.




While others weren’t sure whether O'Brien has the sports chops for such a show.




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