CNN 'New Day' Co-Host Michaela Pereira Leaving for HLN
The move leaves Chris Cuomo as the only original 'New Day' co-host left on the morning show.
CNN's New Day is losing another co-host. Michaela Pereira, part of the original team on the CNN morning show that was launched in 2013, is leaving CNN and New Day's New York studio to return to L.A. and host sister network HLN's three-hour daytime news show, which will follow Morning Express With Robin Meade.
Pereira's last day on New Day is April 29. She'll officially start at HLN on May 2 and her new show, which doesn't yet have a name or start time, will launch in June and air five days a week.
Pereira, who told the New Day staff of her move at the end of Tuesday's show, told the Los Angeles Times that she welcomed the opportunity to return to L.A., where she spent nine years as an anchor on the KTLA Morning News.
“It came as a surprise to me that I would be moving to New York at the time that I did, and I’m glad that I did and it’s been an adventure,” she told the L.A. Times. “It’s time for me to go home and be close to my family and my community and my loved ones. I’m excited about going back and getting to do what I love, which is a morning news show.”
Her move leaves Chris Cuomo as the last remaining co-host from New Day's original team that launched the CNN morning show in 2013. Former New Day co-host Kate Bolduan was replaced in January 2015 by former Fox News host Alisyn Camerota and moved to CNN's later morning show @This Hour.
In a staff memo CNN's executive vp Ken Jautz said Pereira would be a "perfect fit to HLN's style of news."
"I’ve been vocal about wanting to strengthen our current programming line-up by increasing live hours in the day, and we hit the jackpot with Michaela," he added, saying Pereira's "infectious personality, news hosting chops and distinct interviewing skills will be front and center" on her new show.
Pereira is repped by WME.
Read Jautz's full memo below.
A Note from Ken
March 8, 2016
I’m very pleased to announce that Michaela Pereira is joining the HLN team and will serve as host of a new dayside show. I’ve been vocal about wanting to strengthen our current programming line-up by increasing live hours in the day, and we hit the jackpot with Michaela. She is the perfect fit to HLN’s style of news.
Her infectious personality, news hosting chops and distinct interviewing skills will be front and center in her new three-hour live weekday show that will air late morning on the East coast, and will reunite her with her early morning viewers on the West coast. Michaela has no better lead-in than Robin, our 15-year morning news host who has set the gold standard. Emanating from LA, Michaela’s new show will launch before the end of 2Q16. Her transition from CNN to HLN is effective Monday, May 2.
Please join me in welcoming Michaela to the HLN family.