Jeff Zucker Near Deal to Run CNN: Industry Reacts
After news surfaced that former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Zucker was close to a deal to run struggling cable news network CNN, it prompted several memorable reactions from industry and television personalities.
Zucker, who currently is an executive producer on Katie Couric's daytime talker, would replace Jim Walton, who announced his decision to step down from his post as president of CNN Worldwide this past summer. There is a possibility that a Zucker-CNN deal could fall apart.
"My Old Boss is my New Boss," wrote CNN host Piers Morgan late Tuesday. Morgan was one of the judges on NBC's America's Got Talent before he exited prior to season seven because of his duties on Piers Morgan Tonight.
Here are some other noteworthy tweets, including several fake program titles:
I get confused with Jeff Zucker a lot.One way to keep us straight:He spells his name with a "c" and I don't ruin television.— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) November 28, 2012
Jeff Zucker now at CNN.First project:Make another U.S. version of COUPLING.Second: Put Jay Leno on at 10 every night.— Ken Levine (@KenLevine) November 28, 2012
The Apprentice: Sanjay Gupta #ZuckerCNNShows— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) November 28, 2012
Wolf Blitzer: Special Victims Unit #ZuckerCNNShows— Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) November 28, 2012
CNN reportedly will be led by fmr NBC chief Jeff Zucker. Move will be derided by H'wood, but he's a very good pick nyti.ms/Tl6PWU— Ben Grossman (@grossman) November 28, 2012
Jeff Zucker is going to save CNN? Don't we all wish we could fail at our jobs and get rewarded with better ones? nytimes.com/2012/11/28/bus…— Jaime Weinman (@weinmanj) November 28, 2012
Zucker........CNN........thank you Jesus— masked scheduler (@maskedscheduler) November 28, 2012
"Crossing the Jordan"#ZuckerCNNShows— cali badger (@calibadger) November 28, 2012
THE O'REILLY FEAR FACTOR #ZuckerCNNshows— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 28, 2012