CNN chief warns Joe Scarborough: It's time to "start getting your resume ready"

In a wide-ranging interview with Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Zucker takes potshots at the competition

By Scott Eric Kaufman
June 10, 2015 10:17PM (UTC)
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Joe Scarborough (NBC/Today)

When Jeff Zucker took over CNN two years ago, one of his first moves was to create an alternative to MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and it only took a little under a year for "New Day" to start regularly beating Joe Scarborough's morning talk show in the ratings.

In a profile by the Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie, Zucker sounds absolutely gleeful that his brainchild isn't merely beating Scarborough, but that "Morning Joe" has slipped to fourth in the time-slot. He even took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to celebrate, to which Scaraborough replied:


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The victory is evidence that, as Chris Cuomo said, CNN now "set[s] the agenda in the morning...not just from a business perspective, but from an editorial perspective."

Scarborough obviously disagrees, claiming that more "influencers" watch his show, and when that fails to convince, he just bashes CNN on Twitter:


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Zucker, however, believes he will have the last laugh. Of the "influencers" argument, he said "that's not how the game is played; that's not how [TV] is sold. And if that's what you're talking about, it's probably about time to start getting your resume ready."

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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