According to a new story, Jen Psaki, the Biden administration’s sharp-elbowed White House press secretary, has emerged as a leading candidate for Rachel Maddow’s anchor chair.
According to the periodical Puck, Psaki, who expects to leave the White House this year, is being courted by many news organizations, including CNN and MSNBC.
According to a source, Jay Sures, UTA’s super agent and co-president, pushed the concept of Psaki as a prospective cable news prime time host around town to build up interest before signing her.
His timing is ideal, as television networks strive to change up their lineups. Additionally, and possibly more immediately for CNN and MSNBC, both networks are in desperate need of new talent for their prime time programming.
MSNBC has lost its top anchor, Maddow, who has left her 9 p.m. ET show to explore other endeavors.
And CNN is looking for a replacement for Chris Cuomo, who was sacked late last year following sexual misconduct charges and reports that he surreptitiously supported the defense of his embattled older brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
MSNBC is looking for a replacement for renowned anchor Rachel Maddow, who hosted a show at 9 p.m. ET. Additionally, the beleaguered network is on the lookout for talent for its future streaming service CNN+.
With reports that Psaki, a rising star in the Biden administration, was for sale, CNN interim co-president Amy Entelis and CNN+ programming head Rebecca Kutler flew to Washington DC for a “top-secret and mission-critical recruitment assignment,” Puck claimed.
Less than a week later, NBC News chairman Cesar Conde and MSNBC president Rashida Jones made a similar journey to meet Psaki, the site reported, stressing that Psaki intends to depart the White House this year and is interested in presenting a television news show.
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According to sources, White House press secretary Jen Psaki will resign at some point this year.Sures and Psaki met with ABC News and CBS News, according to the article.
According to sources, while Psaki has garnered considerable interest, she is not yet close to signing with a network.