It looks like one of CNN's most liked stars won't fit at the burgeoning home of poop-cruise story torture and soft morning news — this is new president Jeff Zucker's CNN, and Soledad O'Brien is not it. The Starting Point anchor is reportedly leaving the network, according to The New York Post's Page Six sources. The Post claims that Zucker's shift to Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo in the mornings "is basically done," and that O'Brien may not be swapping with Burnett in the evenings after all. "Soledad had been told she'd get a prime-time slot, but that hasn't yet happened, and now she is telling friends she is likely to leave," one of The Post's two anonymous sources said.
If you're a fan of Starting Point, you can take some solace in that Page Six's run-up to Zucker's changes hasn't come to complete fruition... yet. a tiny bit solace in that some some of Page Six's revelations haven't happened ... yet. They outlined the new morning shift late last month, although Cuomo hasn't moved from his co-hosting gig during primetime breaking-news events like the Christopher Dorner manhunt ... yet. That whole Ann-Curry-to-CNN-primetime rumor from December still hasn't been worked out ... yet. And — who knows? — this could light the fire to get CNN execs talking (probably to Page Six) about keeping O'Brien in primetime after all. Last time we checked, even shifting Curry to the 10 o'clock hour would leave one spot open — for O'Brien or another new splashy hire from Zucker ... or, you know, more Anderson Cooper.