CNN has always been a favorite target of mockery for Jon Stewart and Jeff Zucker's "new" CNN with its holographic goats and reenacted stabbings are pure gold.
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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin filmed a pilot yesterday at CNN, Deadline reports:
Details about the hourlong project are sketchy, but I’ve learned that it had a lot of humor in it and filmed in front of a live audience — which I hear included new CNN topper Jeff Zucker. While it is unclear whether the project is definitely for CNN, Zucker has been looking to shake things up at the ratings-challenged cable news network by adding more mainstream entertainment fare. The annual New Year’s Eve pairing of Cooper and Griffin draws solid ratings and generates a lot of headlines with racy moments like Griffin getting up close and personal with Cooper’s private parts this year.
The pilot was reportedly shot at NYC's Time Warner Center.
That's what Page Six is saying:
Amid all the buzz over her impending departure from “The View,” Elisabeth Hasselbeck is already being courted by other networks. We hear CNN honcho Jeff Zucker is interested in seeing her join his cable channel. A source told us, “They’re definitely interested.” Although “The View” creator Barbara Walters denied on-air that Hasselback was on her way out, after news reports were leaked saying she’s being axed, Page Six revealed she’s being pushed out of the ABC daytime talk show...
CNN contributor Roland Martin, who was suspended last year over a series of homophobic tweets during the Super Bowl, one in which he mocked men who wear pink, and another in which he advocated violence toward men attracted to men (specifically, male fans of David Beckham), is being let go.
Said Martin to a follower on Twitter, "Yes, last day at @cnn is April 6," adding, to another, “new boss (Jeff Zucker) wants his own peeps".
Martin met with GLAAD over his anti-gay remarks in late February and after the questionably productive meeting issued a non-apology apology, touted his support for lifting the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy,gay adoption, and including gays in hate crimes laws, and then gave what might be perceived as a warning that he'd possibly be speaking out in ways that gays might not like in the future:
"I have no plan to abandon my goal as a truth teller on a variety of issues; and, yes, that includes those that may be on the LGBT agenda."