Is talk-show host Piers Morgan really losing his hourlong 9 p.m. time slot on CNN?
A new Mediaite report says it’s possible, but a CNN spokesperson told TheBlaze otherwise.
A Mediaite source said Weir might get a show during the 9 p.m. hour, which is currently occupied by “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
It’s unclear if Weir would get the full hour or a half-hour.
Details of Weir’s move have not yet been worked out, and the transition may take “many months,” according to Mediaite:
Weir is expected to get either half or all of the 9 p.m. slot, meaning Morgan will either move time slots or, at best, reduce to a half hour of airtime per evening. Another CNN source tells us that Weir’s show will likely launch in “late night” but our original source insists that if that happens, the goal would be to test it out for an eventual move to the 9 p.m. hour.
But here’s what one CNN spokesperson told TheBlaze: “Bill Weir was not brought to CNN to replace Piers Morgan.”
Regardless of the CNN statement, the Mediaite report adds to earlier rumors that CNN was planning to “dump” Morgan.
“That rumor plus Morgan’s declining ratings further fueled speculation that he could be planning an exit strategy from CNN,” Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell writes.
Weir previously anchored ABC’s “Nightline.”
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