Before the high-profile departure of CEO Chris Licht, CNN had planned a new weekly primetime offering featuring Gayle King and Charles Barkley. We now know when we’ll see King Charles for the first time.
The new one-hour show will hit the air on Wednesday, November 29th at 10 PM ET.
“‘King Charles’ is different than anything we have on CNN’s lineup,” says CNN Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development Amy Entelis told Variety.
The new show helmed by the unlikely pair is being billed as unlike anything else on cable news.
“It’s not a newscast, but rather a talk show centered around the news stories and cultural moments that Gayle and Charles are most interested in,” Entelis continued.
The addition of King Charles to the CNN lineup will preempt the recently launched CNN NewsNight with Abby Phillip for one night a week. However, the preemption of one night a week in primetime isn’t a new wrinkle in the cable news landscape.
On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow continues to host her primetime show on Mondays, while Alex Wagner handles the 9:00 PM ET window the rest of the week. Additionally, Jen Psaki hosts a once-weekly show on the same network at 8:00 PM ET on Mondays, while Chris Hayes hosts the timeslot on a Tuesday-Friday basis.
Previously, Barkley has joked that those close to the former NBA star have tried to persuade him against launching the show on CNN as the network struggles.
“Apparently, with this new talk show I’m jumping on the Titanic,” Barkley said with a smile in June during the official announcement the program was launching. “Everybody keeps saying ‘abort, abort, abort’.”
Charles Barkley also believes his candor — which he has become notorious for — is needed not only on CNN but in the news world as a whole.
“That’s what drives me crazy about people in our profession right now. You know (Gayle King) is going to be fair and honest, and you know I am going to do the same thing,” he said when asked about what attracted him to the potential partnership earlier this year.
Fox News, Sean Hannity Will Host a Town Hall Event with Donald Trump
The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Former President Donald Trump will again skip the Republican debate, which NewsNation is hosting next week. However, he will still be on television, just in another capacity.
According to Deadline, Trump will participate in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, one night before the next Republican debate. The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Furthermore, Sean Hannity, who is coming off moderating the debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, will be hosting the pre-taped event.
Meanwhile, the other Republican candidates will be at the Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, AL, for the debate, with Elizabeth Vargas, Megyn Kelly, and Eliana Johnson serving as moderators.
Nikki Haley, DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy are expected to participate in the event, but it remains uncertain whether Chris Christie will meet the qualifications to attend.
NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo and Dan Abrams Spar Over Mediaite Story
“You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Chris Cuomo stated he’d consider voting for former President Donald Trump because he’s open to voting for anyone. However, he had an issue with Mediaite leaving out key context for his remarks.
“Your outlet, and a lot of other ones, did what you often criticize, which is they didn’t contact me,” Cuomo told Abrams. “They didn’t want context.”
Abrams quickly pushed back, saying that Mediaite did not need to contact him over his comments.
“Wait, why do they need to contact you?” Abrams said. “What is there to contact you about? You said what you said in the interview. It speaks for itself. What do they have to contact you about?”
Cuomo then responded, telling Abrams that any credible reporter would be asking follow-up questions to ensure they had context for the comments.
“When you are going to cover what somebody said, you call if you’re a responsible reporter and say, ‘Hey, did you say this? And what did you mean when you said this?’” Cuomo added.
Again, Abrams defended Mediaite and stated that they did not need to offer follow-up questions to Cuomo’s remarks.
“What do you mean, ‘Did you do this?’ You’re not denying you said it,” Abrams told Cuomo. “You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Tucker Carlson Quietly Steps Down from Board of The Daily Caller
“His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects.”
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson quietly stepped down from the board of The Daily Caller. Carlson co-founded the media organization in 2011 and has held a chair position for over a decade.
Nonetheless, citing an unreported tax filing, the report notes that Carlson disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2022. Still, the precise timing is unclear.
Carlson did not comment on his removal from the board but attempted to diminish The Daily Beast and the reporter.
“You’re still working for The Daily Beast? How old are you?” Carlson asked.
Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller had kept the news hidden until recently. The nonprofit submitted its annual registration with the state on December 7, 2022, and Carlson’s name appeared as a director.
The nonprofit did not include his name in the annual registration they filed earlier this month. Additionally, on their September 2022 tax return, they omitted to list him as a board member.
Neil Patel, co-founder and chairperson of The Daily Caller, has been serving on the board with Carlson since the beginning. He expressed in a statement to The Daily Beast that Carlson was too busy for his five-hour-a-week board position and had reached his term limit without providing any additional explanation.
“We love Tucker,” the statement said. “He’s our founder. His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects, so we moved him to an honorary role.”