Zucker Eyes Former Presidential Candidate -- Also Formerly a Fox News Talking Head -- for CNN Job THR
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is said to be considering a high-profile political figure for a job with CNN. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Zucker has his eye on former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for a revival of "Crossfire."
Others considered for the program are Obama administration adviser Stephanie Cutter and Mitt Romney adviser Kevin Madden, the story says. Zucker wants a mix of seasoned political types and younger voices, the piece adds.
Gingrich lost his television pulpit in 2011 when Fox News ended his contributor contract, which was said to be worth almost $1 million per year, as he planned a presidential run. He has appeared on CNN since last year's election.
"Crossfire" was canceled in 2005, after Comedy Central host Jon Stewart told co-hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala that the show was "hurting America." According to The Reporter, the show "came to epitomize the deafening shout fests that represented everything that ailed cable news."