Some changes are coming to the executive side of NBC’s late-night show “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Deadline reports that showrunner Jamie Granet-Bederman is stepping down from her position, and “The Drew Barrymore Show” exec producer Chris Miller will take over.
Granet-Bederman has worked alongside Fallon for 13 years, serving as the showrunner for the late-night program since November 2020, when she took over from Gavin Purcell. However, she’s now transitioning to develop many new projects with the late-night host.
“These last 13 years working with Jimmy have been such a gift. It’s been an honor to have helped him launch not one but two late-night shows, and I will be forever grateful to my amazing Tonight Show family,” Granet-Bederman told Deadline.
“And as lucky as I’ve been to have had this experience, I’m even luckier to now explore new horizons with Jimmy. Watching his rise firsthand has been such a privilege, and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
Miller will begin as the showrunner in May, bringing plenty of experience as an executive editor producing series such as VH1’s “Tough Love,” Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight,” and Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet” at Flower.
“It has been an absolute joy to work next to Drew for the past 23 years. She will remain one of my closest friends and confidants as I start this incredible journey with Jimmy and The Tonight Show. I am beyond grateful to be welcomed into the most iconic television institution in history,” Miller told Deadline.
CNN Adds Barak Ravid as Political and Foreign Policy Analyst
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region
CNN has announced the addition of Barak Ravid as a political and foreign policy analyst.
Currently, Ravid serves as a politics reporter and Middle East expert for Axios. He also writes for Walla News in Israel.
Ravid has covered the Middle East for the last 18 years, mostly focusing on Israel’s foreign policy and relations, and how the United States has influenced its strategy in the region. He worked in Tel-Aviv before shifting to being basked in Washington, D.C.
In 2021, Ravid released his first book, “Trump’s Peace: The Abraham Accords and the Reshaping of the Middle East”. The book — which was written in Hebrew — details the historic peace deals between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
A former Israeli soldier, Ravid will continue to be based in Washington, D.C. in his new role with CNN.
Jake Tapper: ‘My Faith Only Guides My Journalism’
“I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper is one of the country’s most high-profile Jewish anchors and recently spoke with colleague Oliver Darcy for a lengthy interview.
Among the topics was the rise of antisemitism across the globe, and Darcy asked whether Tapper has seen a spike in bigoted attacks toward him. The CNN host notes what it’s like to be a religious minority and applies it to the way he covers the news.
“My faith only guides my journalism in the sense that I know what it’s like to be a religious minority so I apply that across the board to Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, and to everyone else,” Tapper told Darcy. “I don’t assume that because someone is of one particular faith that they have certain views.
“That’s about it. I see the war as a journalist and as a human. I want the human suffering to end now. And I would prefer a world where all peoples can live with democracy and self-determination.
“This is a time where antisemitism is without a doubt on the rise and I’ve certainly seen an uptick online, but ugly words are just that: words. It’s nothing compared to what the people in Israel and Gaza and the West Bank are currently going through.”
Jake Tapper was recently in the news regarding his Jewish faith after radio host Mark Levin called media figures like Wolf Blitzer, Tapper, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell “self-hating Jews”. In response, both CNN and the White House condemned the comments from Levin.
Benjamin Hall: The Last Time I Was in Ukraine, I Was Barely Alive
Benjamin Hall, a correspondent who was seriously injured while covering the war between Ukraine and Russia, returned to Ukraine after 20 months. He was accompanied by the Executive Chairman and CEO of FOX Corp., Lachlan Murdoch.
During the trip, Hall had an exclusive conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, discussing the progress made in the conflict and the country’s current relationship with the United States.
“Last time I got onto this train, I was barely alive. I was badly injured, but we made it out the other side. And today is the day that we are going back,” Hall said on Fox News.
Hall asked Zelenskyy if he had a message for the family of the two people who were killed on the day that Hall was critically wounded.
“I wanted to say my condolences to all the parents, relatives of those very brave guys, men, and women who lost their lives because they wanted to help Ukraine to be alive,” Zelenskyy said.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.