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Kiran Chetry Leaving CNN for a ‘Very Special Opportunity’ Elsewhere

July 29th will be Kiran Chetry‘s last day at CNN, with the anchor leaving to take a “very special opportunity” elsewhere, according to someone familiar with her decision.

Chetry co-anchored “American Morning” this AM with Ali Velshi (right), after announcing her decision to depart the network to staff yesterday afternoon. She is expected to continue on the show until the 29th, with Velshi and Christine Romans continuing as interim anchors.

For “American Morning,” the Chetry move is the latest shakeup for the show, which has had a tumultuous year talent-wise. John Roberts left the program last year, and since then the show has had a revolving door of anchors. TVNewser hears that a formal decision on the future of CNN mornings could come in the next few months. The decision would solidify the morning hours with a permanent replacement, but there is also a chance that more talent could depart the network as a result.

In a goodbye note to “AM” staff, Chetry had kind words for her staff, as well as current and former bosses. CNN Worldwide chief Jim Walton, former CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and former Fox News executive Joel Cheatwood.

Chetry’s note to staff is after the jump.

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Who Called Larry King ‘A chattering pirate skeleton on loan from Disney Land’?

Last night, Comedy Central taped its upcoming roast of Donald Trump, and former CNN 9 PM host Larry King was one of the roasters. As with any roast, he not only cracked a few jokes himself (including one about Anderson Cooper), but was the subject of quite the barrage, including:

“Please welcome a chattering pirate skeleton on loan from Disney Land, Larry King”- Roastmaster and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane


“You are so boring, that when you were getting your colonoscopy even your doctor switched to Fox”- Comedian Anthony Jeselnik

TVNewser spotted former CNN/U.S. chief Jon Klein laughing at quite a few of the zingers.

More jokes from and about King and more from the roast at our sister blog FishbowlNY.

Soledad O’Brien Book Party at Russell Simmons Pad

TVNewser stopped by the book party for CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien Friday night at Russell Simmons‘ lower Manhattan apartment .

In The Next Big Story, co-authored by CNN producer Rose Arce, O’Brien takes a page from her award-winning …In America series, and other reporting experiences, and blends her personal story and mixed-race background (Cuban, Irish, Scottish, Long Island-ish) crafting an inspiring story of hope amidst the tragedies that are a staple of the TV news stories she covers.

The party was a mix itself, of hip-hop stars and tvnewsers: Katie Couric, HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, CNN correspondents Alina Cho, Susan Candiotti; CNN SVP Bart Feder, …In America EP  Geraldine Moriba, New York bureau chief Darius Walker, development EP David Doss and newly appointed EP of Piers Morgan‘s show Jonathan Wald were all in attendance.

O’Brien mingled with guests all while getting around with a cane. “It’s a step up from the crutches,” O’Brien told us. She’s still nursing a knee injury after being thrown from a horse in early October. O’Brien will continue the book tour with a stop in New Orleans. That event will be a fundraiser as residents continue to recover from Hurricane Katrina, a story O’Brien covered extensively.

Also at the party:

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Lou Dobbs: ‘If everyone at CNN had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.’

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs appearing on Julie Menin‘s show on NYNonstop, the digital channel of WNBC in New York, continued to bash his former employer, but had a sense of optimism about the new leadership.

  • On Rick Sanchez: “Aside from the lamentable stupidity of what he said, if everyone at CNN — all of the anchors had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.”
  • On himself: “I’m doing exactly what I want to do … and I don’t have that conflict that I had with the uh, well, specifically, the management of CNN: Jon Klein who has since been fired.”

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Talks CNN, Rick Sanchez and Jon Klein Departures… On Fox News

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Fox News Channel this afternoon. Cavuto got Bewkes to open up about the departures of Rick Sanchez and Jon Klein, and the state of CNN and cable news more generally.

Cavuto: You mention CNN. Rick Sanchez, the fired anchor, moments ago issued a statement, an apology… would you hire him back?

Bewkes: He did a lot of good work on CNN and anything is possible. I wish him well. I think that he is a talented guy and he will have a lot of interest in different channels and, who knows, maybe some day the right place for him is at one of ours. I don’t think we should do that now and I am sure he would like to try something new as well.

Cavuto: Did you recommend firing him?

Bewkes: I was not involved in that decision.

Cavuto: At all?

Bewkes: I knew

Cavuto: Did you agree?

Bewkes: I did.

Cavuto: What happened with head of CNN/US? [Jon Klein] did you recommend he be fired?

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Jim Bunning, Pink Floyd and Energy Drinks: Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer Prep for Primetime on CNN

Since their 8 PM show on CNN was announced, hosts Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer have insisted that the program will not be another “Crossfire.” That format, with a firebrand liberal facing off against a firebrand conservative, was sent to the garbage bin by the now former CNN president Jon Klein.

The new show, which Klein conceived, is meant to be more conversational, without the shouting. Parker compares it to a family dinner, with relatives of various political persuasions making their case before dessert.

Talking to the co-hosts, one understands the comparison. Spitzer and Parker are constantly cracking jokes, both of the traditional and self-deprecating variety, and the topic of conversation changes on a dime.

In an interview with TVNewser last week, the pair was asked what subjects they would discuss on the show. Politics, economics and sports all came up.

“We are waiting for a big athlete to enter politics and talk about economic policy,” Spitzer quipped, eliciting a laugh from Parker. From there, Spitzer turned the conversation to an anecdote about MLB hall of famer and U.S. Senator Jim Bunning:

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Breaking: Rick Sanchez Fired From CNN

Just In: A statement from CNN:

Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

Backstory: Sanchez, who joined CNN in 2004, was let go today after controversial comments he made yesterday during a radio interview. During Pete Dominick‘s satellite radio show yesterday, Sanchez called Comedy Central host Jon Stewart a “bigot” and went on to say, “a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart.” Audio below:

It was just last Friday that Sanchez’s boss CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein was shown the door.  In his first major personnel decision, Sanchez’s dismissal was handled by new CNN/U.S. president Ken Jautz. Sanchez anchored the 3-5pmET block on CNN called “Rick’s List.” CNN Newsroom will run in its place beginning Monday.  Until last Wednesday, Sanchez had also hosted an 8pmET edition of “Rick’s List.”

Sanchez’s appearance on the radio show was part of a tour for his new book, “Conventional Idiocy.”

‘The Joy Behar Show’ One Year Later

TVNewser headed to the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan last night where Joy Behar and friends celebrated one year of HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show” and her Hamptons magazine cover.  Behar was there with her longtime boyfriend Steve Janowitz and her daughter.

Notable tvnewsers in the crowd: CNN’s new president, Ken Jautz who put Behar on the air when he was still running HLN. Also, the newly appointed HLN boss Scot Safon now one week into his new job and sales EVP Greg D’Alba.

Some notable celebrities were there as well: actress Lorraine Bracco, comedian Mario Cantone, and Coutess LuAnn from the Real Housewives of New York.

Behar’s show has increased viewership of HLN’s 9pmET timeslot 14% over the last year, according to the Daily News.

CNN Shift: Roger Ailes on Jon Klein

Among those commenting on the dismissal yesterday of CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein, Fox News Channel founder and chairman Roger Ailes:

“Jon is a respected journalist and an expert in the digital realm. We’ve enjoyed competing with CNN during his tenure and I’m confident he’ll be an asset to any news organization he joins in the future. I look forward to continuing our personal dialogue.”

CNN Shift: Who Are Ken Jautz and Scot Safon?

With Jon Klein‘s departure from CNN, two longtime Turner executives will be taking on new roles. Ken Jautz becomes EVP of CNN/U.S. and Scot Safon takes over for Jautz at HLN.

Ken Jautz  joined CNN in 1989 as bureau chief in Germany. Prior to that he had been an international correspondent for The Associated Press.  New York-based Jautz has been EVP of CNN’s business news operations and the CNNfn network, as well as CNN Money. Most recently he ran CNN’s sister channel, HLN but reported directly to CNN/Worldwide President Jim Walton.

In December 2008, Jautz oversaw the name change of the channel from Headline News to HLN. He brought  Glenn Beck (with Jautz, left in Oct. 2007) and Nancy Grace to primetime and turned the lineup into a strong competitor — in fact beating on some nights — the network he will now run. As EVP of CNN/Worldwide Jautz outranked Jon Klein in the CNN hierarchy. Now he adds Klein’s old job as head of CNN’s domestic news channel to his long CNN resume.

Scot Safon is a more interesting hire. Safon a marketing guy,  joined CNN Worldwide in 2002 from Turner’s TNT. He was promoted to EVP/Chief Marketing Officer in 2007. Atlanta-based Safon is behind most of the branding you see on CNN, including CNN=Politics and the marketing campaigns for Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace, Joy Behar, Larry King Live, The Situation Room and Fareed Zakaria GPS. .

In a conference call with reporters this morning after the news was announced, CNN/Worldwide president Jim Walton said of Safon, “While it may not seem on the surface to be a logical progression, what I can tell you is this: Scot has been a direct report of mine for many years, he has been a senior part of my team and he has been involved in and contributed to all of the big decisions that have been made here over the past few years. That includes the journalism.”