Former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley provided a blunt evaluation about CNN throughout talks about him probably becoming a member of the community.
In an interview with the New York Post, Barkley confirmed stories concerning the severe discussions he and “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King are having with CNN about internet hosting a present in primetime.
The longtime sports activities commentator revealed, although, that he and King could be a package deal deal.
“They are trying to pair Gayle King and me,” Barkley advised The Post on Thursday. “We don’t have anything set in stone. I’m only considering it because of my respect for Gayle.”
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However, Barkley insisted the thought of him internet hosting a present each weeknight is a non-starter, telling The Post, “That is never going to happen,” which additional complicates CNN’s ongoing dilemma of fill the vacant slots in primetime.
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Previous reporting from Puck signaled that CNN hoped to depend on in-house expertise like Barkley, an analyst for TNT, which shares the identical mum or dad firm Warner Bros. Discovery as CNN.
Licht beforehand labored King as the chief producer of “CBS This Morning.”
“I just want to help the company because obviously it is a s–- show right now,” Barkley advised The Post. “Anything I can do to help.”
CNN declined to remark.
CNN boss Chris Licht is hoping to land big-name expertise for his community’s struggling primetime lineup.
The 9 p.m. ET time slot has been vacant ever for the reason that December 2021 firing of Chris Cuomo, who on the time was CNN’s most-watched anchor. The primetime emptiness additional expanded when Licht pulled Don Lemon, who had anchored from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET, for a brand new morning present.
Cuomo’s outdated time slot has been a revolving door of failed experiments from Jim Acosta to Jake Tapper whereas oftentimes the community has turned to eight p.m. anchor Anderson Cooper to do two back-to-back hours. Lemon’s outdated time slot has often been stuffed by CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Laura Coates.
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A CNN spokesman beforehand advised Fox News Digital, “Chris is having conversations with dozens of culturally relevant individuals from the worlds of news, sports, entertainment and comedy.”
It had additionally been reported that CNN was taking a look at comedians to probably be positioned in primetime, notably following the success of Fox News’ “Gutfeld!”, which has rapidly turn out to be the most-watched late-night present on tv, often outpacing CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and recurrently trouncing NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Names that have been allegedly floated at CNN included Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Arsenio Hall and Bill Maher.
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Earlier this month, CNN introduced that it could be airing Maher’s “Overtime” phase on Friday nights, which have been beforehand launched on YouTube instantly following HBO’s broadcast of “Real Time,” one other property of Warner Bros. Discovery.
Despite the viral buzz that was generated, CNN didn’t reap the profit from its in-house unique as viewership on Friday nights has not seen a lift.