Chris Wallace, Brian Williams being considered by CNN to replace Chris Cuomo

Rumors are now circulating about possible replacements for disgraced former CNN host Chris Cuomo.

According to The Daily Wire, at the top of CNN’s list of Cuomo replacements is former Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace, and former MSNBC host Brian Williams. 

This comes after Cuomo was terminated by former CNN president Jeff Zucker in December. The termination followed sexual harassment allegations.

CNN, which is now under new management, has yet to find a permanent replacement for Cuomo.

CNN’s shortlist

The Daily Beast this week released a report identifying Wallace and Williams as being considered by CNN to replace Cuomo.

“Former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is one name being floated internally to take the key 9 p.m. slot,” the outlet reports.

The Daily Beast goes on to say that CNN “may look externally to make a splashy new hire.”

“One name that continues to pop up is Brian Williams, who revived his career at MSNBC before exiting last year and is looking for one final act, according to two people familiar with his thinking,” the outlet reports. “It would be quite the comeback for Williams who has always had his sights set on a nighttime talk show.”

Background

Wallace left Fox behind in December after having spent 18-years at the outlet. He joined CNN to participate in the outlet’s new subscription-based streaming service, CNN+.

Commentators have suggested that Wallace would be a good fit to replace Cuomo given his left-leaning tendencies. Radio host Gerry Callahan, for example, suggested, “maybe he can slide into the 9 pm slot at CNN and talk endlessly about his two favorite subjects: white supremacy and global warming.”

Williams, on the other hand, retired from MSNBC last fall after hosting The 11th Hour for five years. Prior to that gig, Williams faced criticism for exaggerating, as an NBC Nightly News anchor, the danger that he faced while covering Operation Iraqi Freedom. Reports suggest that Williams might be interested in replacing Cuomo.

Cuomo’s replacement will ultimately be picked by incoming CNN CEO Chris Licht. He is scheduled to take over on May 1.

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