On the bright side, Soledad O’Brien can probably start sleeping in now. The Starting Point anchor is reportedly leaving the network after a deal for a primetime gig never materialized, sources told the New York Post on Wednesday. Erin Burnett will be taking over O’Brien’s slot alongside new co-anchor Chris Cuomo in part of a “flurry of announcements” at the network, sources said. “Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, and is a tough interview,” a source said. “That doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.” O’Brien recently commented that she was “fairly confident” she wouldn’t be “cooking salmon and doing fashion shows” once Jeff Zucker takes over the network.
SHAKEUP Soledad O'Brien on Feb. 6. (Jennifer Graylock/Getty for The Heart Truth)