Soledad O’Brien Interview…
The New York Times’ Andrew Goldman interviews Soledad O’Brien…
Jeff Zucker, who rose to the top of NBC Universal after producing “Today,” was just named head of CNN Worldwide, and he reportedly plans to immediately focus on your morning show, which is behind in the ratings. How scared are you?
Not at all. He was my boss years ago when I worked at the “Today” show. I’m absolutely thrilled to have him back.
But can you seriously be so calm, considering that The New York Post reported that Zucker’s considering moving Erin Burnett to your slot?
Listen, I have been doing this gig for a while. People go crazy with speculation every time there’s a shift in leadership. I can’t comment on every rumor, but so far I’ve read reports on me, Anderson, Piers, Ann Curry and Erin Burnett, and all that’s clear to me is that somebody’s busy dialing Page Six.
Who? Can you be a little more specific?
When you were weekend co-host of “Today,” you said that the recognition you got for softer stories, like one about a trapeze school, felt “a little hollow.” Would you be willing to go lighter now?
I’m fairly confident that I’m not going to be cooking salmon and doing fashion shows on CNN.