CNN has finally revealed what will happen on the morning show New day: it’s over.
Instead, the network announced that anchors Don Lemmon, Poppy Harlow, and Caitlan Collins will lead a “reimagined” morning show later this year.
“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy and Caitlan to deliver on the promise of an innovative morning news show,” CEO Chris Licht said in a statement. “They each have their own intelligence, credibility and persuasiveness. Together they have a rare and unmistakable chemistry. to give you a bold, refreshing way to get started.”
The new show, which has yet to be named, will be based in New York with new sets. new day The production team will remain with the show in its new format. The team of Lemon and Harlow will also remain intact for succession.
In an internal memo obtained by The Daily Beast, Licht will replace anchors John Berman and Brianna Keeler, who will move into new roles once the network exits the show.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their commitment to New Day and CNN,” Licht said in a note. “I really appreciate their flexibility during this time.”
The show’s three-anchor model reflects Licht’s previous experience in revamping the morning show. Licht previously helped create MSNBC Morning Joe He also appeared on CBS’s this morningJust prior to his role as head of the global news network, he served as executive producer Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
It also represents the largest talent shuffle since Licht joined the network. Since its debut in May, Licht has sought to rebrand CNN as a place for tough news and minimal opinions, calling for a move away from incessant “breaking news” banners and acknowledging “big lies” by name. His shift in strategy, which came as the network’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery underwent a change of its own, led to the ouster of Brian Stelter, the network’s top media reporter, and It also led to the resignation of outspoken White House correspondent John Harwood.
Lemon’s move from 10pm to early morning leaves a second gap in the prime time block as Chris Cuomo, who was laid off last December, is trying to fill the vacant 9pm slot. Licht told staff that an announcement on who would fill the time and Collins’ role as White House correspondent would be made “in the coming weeks.”
“CNN’s next chapter is starting to take shape,” Licht said in a note.