Media blog FTV Live reported on Friday that talks between Erin Burnett and CNN about a possible morning gig are over.
There have been rumors swirling for weeks that network president Jeff Zucker has been considering Burnett, who currently hosts "OutFront" at 7 p.m., for a morning show with Chris Cuomo. Recent reports, however, cast doubt on the possibility of a deal.
The saga took another twist on Friday when FTV Live said that Burnett and Zucker met one more time with no success. "Several sources tell FTVLive that the meeting was more civil than the others, but no deal was reached and Zucker is moving onto plan 'B,'" according to the site.
It reported that Zucker "had grown tired of dealing" with Burnett's agent John Ferriter. Burnett reportedly reached out to Zucker without Ferriter, before their most recent meeting.
Zucker's handling of CNN's mornings has been one of his most closely-watched moves since he arrived at the network in January. He hired Cuomo away from ABC News, and did away with Soledad O'Brien's "Starting Point."
Burnett recently co-anchored CNN's coverage of Pope Benedict's resignation alongside Cuomo, in what some speculated was a test run for the potential co-hosts. A deal, however, was never a sure thing, with
the New York Post reporting that her contract would require a buyout in order to move her from primetime.
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