'CBS This Morning' Hosts Cheer Pick of Susan Zirinsky to Replace David Rhodes
"We were sort of like a ship, not sinking, but taking on water," Gayle King said on Monday morning. "I feel that she is somebody who can right the ship."
On Monday, the co-hosts of the struggling morning show CBS This Morning applauded the selection of 48 Hours senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky as the next president of CBS News.
Co-host Gayle King suggested that her network was struggling under president David Rhodes, who is stepping down in concert with Zirinsky's ascension. "When I heard the news last night, I was doing a happy dance ... on the Upper West Side," she said. "Because I feel that we were sort of like a ship, not sinking, but taking on water. And, I feel that she is somebody who can right the ship, because she gets us, she knows us, and by 'us' I mean this organization."
King continued: "She's been here for a very long time. She is a smart cookie, and she is a badass in every sense of the word. I'm really excited about this. ... Great news for all of us."
Her co-host Norah O'Donnell also expressed her pleasure with the pick. "She is known for her original reporting, her great producing skills," she said. "She is a great journalist. And, in addition to that, she also happens to have a kind heart and cares about the people that work here. So, a new day is on the horizon."
John Dickerson said that Zirinsky has "enough energy to power this whole studio."
While Rhodes has had a storied career as a television industry executive, spending 12 formative years at Fox News (and then a few more years at Bloomberg LP), Zirinsky is considered a producer's producer.
CBS This Morning and The CBS Evening News are both mired in third place among the broadcast news shows and will likely be points of focus for Zirinsky.
. @szirinsky holding Walter Cronkite’s anchor copy from the night Nixon resigned. She was a production secretary that night: “What we have at CBS is a legacy and a history...the mission never changes. It deepens. It widens.” pic.twitter.com/auYX3NaCJS— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) January 7, 2019