ABC Daytime Exec Lisa Hackner Out After High-Profile Talent Departures
The network also has let Hackner's daytime development team go.
Lisa Hackner, who joined ABC as executive vp daytime and syndication in late 2013, is out, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, Hackner's development team was let go. Hackner's exit comes on the heels of the cancelation of Tyra Banks’ talk show FABLife after one season.
Hackner is a veteran daytime executive who came to ABC after more than 20 years at Telepictures. She was largely responsible for recruiting Banks back to daytime; the two worked together when Hackner had oversight of Tyra while at Telepictures. And she helped to spearhead an initial shake-up on The View that saw the exit of longtime producer Bill Geddie and the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the show in the fall of 2014; O’Donnell exited after five months.
Rebecca Campbell, the network’s president of owned stations, in February was recently given oversight of ABC daytime properties including Live!, which is produced by WABC, the network's owned station in New York, as well as The Chew, General Hospital and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. A well-regarded executive inside ABC, Campbell was integral to containing the fallout from the botched announcement about Michael Strahan's departure from Live! that resulted in Kelly Ripa boycotting her own show.
Live! is still in the process of auditioning new co-hosts for Ripa. The show’s 29th season will kick off Monday with multiple guest co-hosts sitting next to Ripa, including frontrunners Anderson Cooper (Sept. 8 and 9) and Neil Patrick Harris (Sept. 14-16).
Sources say there are no plans to replace Hackner, whose purview had been curtailed since Campbell added daytime to her oversight. New York-based The View — still among ABC’s most successful daytime franchises even if it has endured ratings losses and multiple seasons of musical chairs among hosts — in 2014 was moved into the news division.
Daytime has become an extremely challenging part of networks' TV schedules in general with expensive talkers fronted by high-profile hosts, including Meredith Vieira and Queen Latifah, failing to gain a foothold. The next high-profile entry is NBC's Harry Connick, Jr. talker, Harry, which bows Sept. 12.