Jeff Zucker STEALS Top ‘Katie’ Producer For CNN!

First, Jeff Zucker left Katie Couric's self-titled talk show high and dry to go run CNN; now he's snatched up one of Katie's top producers! According to the New York Times, Zucker has tapped former Today buddy Michael Bass to fill a senior vice-president role at the struggling, cable news outlet.

Bass and Kathy Samuels were the original, day-to-day, co-executive producers of Katie, working with E.P.'s Couric and Zucker. The NYT article notes Katie's out-the-gate ratings triumph over other freshman talkers is starting to wane. Here's an excerpt:

"Katie," by some measures the most-anticipated new day show in several years, made its debut last September. With about 2.5 million viewers a day, it immediately exceeded the other freshman talk shows, but its ratings have slipped somewhat, much to the chagrin of Ms. Couric.

Recently, a competing show by Steve Harvey has been beating "Katie" among total viewers and, more important, among the middle-age women whom local stations covet during the day.

The Times goes on to forecast a major backstage shakeup for the syndicated Disney chatfest.

Photo of Jeff Zucker by PR Photos

Photo of Katie Couric by Disney

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    Ugh, cancel this train wreck! Katie is fake and already rich and established, God knows she doesn’t need ANOTHER platform for her own shameless-self promotion. This woman has already had her time in the spotlight, so let’s just end this crap now!!!!!!

    The cheesy giggling, that jokerish grin and her saccharin demeanor are one of the reasons why God invented barf bags!!!

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