Less Blitzer?

The New York Daily News’ Confidential writes about the possibility of less Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s air…

He doesn’t know it YET, But the CNN staff is whispering that Wolf Blitzer’s air time may be getting shorter and shorter. The struggling cable channel plans to make lots of changes as it tries to win back viewers it has lost, with the biggest shakeup being to on-air talent, including Blitzer, host of “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.”

“Wolf is going to be gradually phased out and replaced with a younger, hipper host,” one CNN insider dishes to Confidential. “The decision has been made that people want to look at beautiful people, and although Wolf is no beast, they’re thinking younger.”

Since the arrival of new boss Jeff Zucker in March, the studly Chris Cuomo and handsome Jake Tapper have joined CNN. Staffers expect more handsome fellas to follow.

And then there’s this…

“Everyone is a little worried,” says our insider. “You know the on-air talent is scared when you see Piers Morgan eating a salad at lunch. If he is spotted at the gym, then you know the most trusted name in news will also be the prettiest.”

Ouch…

Meanwhile those of us who hoped we were rid of Joy Behar on cable news may wind up being disappointed…

Zucker, not to be underestimated in drastically changing a network, is responsible for turning NBC’s “Today” into the most-watched morning show during his watch.

Zucker has held a few meetings with Joy Behar, whom he is trying to woo to CNN for a show of her own.

“Joy has met with him a few times,” another source told us. “Jeff likes Joy.”

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20 Responses to “Less Blitzer?”

  1. I’m no fan of Behar’s, but it tickles the hell out of me if she survives this particular purge.

  2. Name defines “irony”

  3. I think Wolf is very handsome.

  4. Fat, short, bald Zucker wants network of pretty people. whatever.

    Piers can eat all the salads he wants but it wont save his show. He has struggled to build an audience – people not finding him likeable enough or his interviews compelling enough.

    Feel sorry for Wolf. Can’t imagine waking up, reading the paper, and seeing a story that you are about to get sh!tcanned. That sucks.

  5. We don’t need more Beyhar , and Wolf is one of CNN’s best anchors that would be like NBC throwing out Lester Holt, which would be stupid. And Peirs… eh

  6. Wolf does come off as one of those anchors that drones on sometimes without reason, or repeats someone that just spoke on the air. He is a fairly good anchor, but maybe he should get an hour a day again, vs. the two to three he’s had for years now.

  7. I’m not a fan of Blitzer, but I can think of a number of others that should be in line ahead of him.

  8. erich500 Says:

    Wolf needs to pick up the pace at times but on the list of problems at CNN he’s down way at the very bottom.

  9. I’m curious what the plan’s going to be on the Newsroom hours. The fresh coat of paint and dual anchoring of Around the World appears to say that program’s staying, but how do the rest of them change?

  10. icemannyr Says:

    So they want less Blitzer yet during most breaking news coverage he is the anchor they have on CNN.

  11. The real reason they are dumping him probably has to do with money. He probably has a pretty hefty salary. With the money they’re losing, they just can’t afford him. He won’t be the last to go.

  12. I find it refreshing that a 70-year-old, especially a female, would be pursued for television. But I don’t understand the claim that the network would phase out Blitzer so it can go younger, or why Behar, even if Zucker does like her, would be given a show. A 65-year-old would depart, and someone, not only older than Blitzer by 5 years but also the star of a failed program on HLN, would be given air time?

  13. He’s the lead political anchor as well. I cannot see election coverage without his enthusiasm. Also, if this is the case, why did they give him multiple daytime hours for over a month during the major breaking news is Boston, etc. I am still seeing him every weekday at 1:00PM.

  14. MORE Donner, LESS Blitzer.

  15. I cannot see election coverage without his enthusiasm

    Uh…what enthusiasm? How the heck can you see enthusiasm with that monotone delivery?

  16. ^ Oh,but don’t you love it when he fakes enthusiasm with his use of superlatives?!?!?!

  17. He’s so wrong, and yet he’s so right.

  18. I have been wondering if they aren’t considering The Situation Room moving earlier in the day… becoming more of a Dayside program?? I would also not be surprised to see Brooke Baldwin’s role increase on the network.

  19. I said that I couldn’t see “election coverage” without it. Not saying he’s always enthusiastic but the man loves politics and delivers news straight to the point maturely. Enthusiasm is shown in different forms. You can see his when announcing the winner of a primary/caucus and election. Yes, monotone-ish but he clearly loves what he does.

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