CNN morning anchor Soledad O'Brien is on her way out, as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, according to the New York Post.

O'Brien, whose future with the news network has been the source speculation for some time, has reportedly indicated she's ready to move on. She was apparently promised a plum prime-time slot, which hasn't materialized.

A source told the Post, "The deal to move Erin to the morning (show) alongside Chris Cuomo is basically done. Soledad ... is now she is telling friends she is likely to leave. ... Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, and is a tough interviewer. That doesn't seem to fit the direction the network is going."

Of course not. Nobody does "journalism" anymore. It's all, like, depressing and stuff.

Another source added, "Soledad is a big star, and would only stay for the right show. There's word there will be a flurry of announcements at CNN very soon, including Erin's move to the morning."

O'Brien jumped from NBC to CNN in 2003, anchoring "American Morning" and then moving on to anchoring specials. She's anchored the current morning show, "Starting Point," since January of last year.

In a recent interview, she said she wouldn't be hosting a lighter morning show once Zucker, her former boss at NBC, took the reins. "I'm fairly confident that I'm not going to be cooking salmon and doing fashion shows on CNN," she told the New York Times.


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Anyone else smell burning fish?

According to the Post, O'Brien -- who fronted documentaries "Black in America" and "Latino in America" -- was a favorite of former CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton, who stepped down at the end of last year. A CNN rep said, "We don't comment on speculation."

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