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Trevor Noah: The Worst Part Is I Can’t Make Jokes About CNN+ Shows

“The worst part of the CNN+ thing is that I can’t make jokes about all the shows on it, because nobody knows what they are. It’s not fair,” Noah said.

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The late-night scene had their fun with Warner Bros. Discovery’s decision to shut down CNN+ less than a month after its launch. “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah took the opportunity to take a jab at the streaming platform.

Noah highlighted the amount reported that CNN spent to launch their service last month for it only to bring in 10,000 viewers daily. The comedian wanted to know how they spent the $300 million that was invested into the streamer. 

“Less than 10,000 views a day? You could’ve just been on TikTok,” Noah Noah said. “That’s wild. CNN+ was such a disaster they’ll have to send Anderson Cooper to cover it in a tight black T-shirt.”

“The craziest part of the story is that they said they spent $300 million on this thing. $300 million. What did you do with that? Did you, like, clone Wolf Blitzer or something? Look, if you did that, I’d actually watch that show.”

He told his audience that it’s unfair that the service is being pulled as it doesn’t allow him to make fun of it since not many will know if certain shows are real or made up. For example, the comedian spotlighted Jake Tapper’s book club show. 

“The worst part of the CNN+ thing is that I can’t make jokes about all the shows on it, because nobody knows what they are. It’s not fair,” Noah said. “It’s not like you’re going to understand a joke about the CNN+ show ‘Jake Tapper’s Book Club.’ Because you don’t even know if that’s a real show.”

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Chris Cuomo Debut Bumps NewsNation Ratings, Still Lagging Well Behind Other Cable Networks

Cuomo remained stagnant with viewers in the 25-54-year-old demographic, with only 8,000 viewers, which is what NewsNation was averaging in primetime before the new show debuted.

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The debut of a nightly show from Chris Cuomo on NewsNation gave the network a bump in total viewers, but it still lags behind other cable news channels.

Cuomo debuted to 147,000 viewers Monday, according to figures released by Nieslen Media Research. According to Barrett News Media’s Douglas Pucci, that’s a significant increase in average primetime viewers for the network. NewsNation averaged just 46,000 viewers in primetime the week of September 19-24.

However, Cuomo remained stagnant with viewers in the 25-54-year-old demographic, with only 8,000 viewers, which is what NewsNation was averaging in primetime before the new show debuted.

In comparison, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 2.9 million viewers, with 445,000 coming in the 25-54 demographic. All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC was second with 1.4 million viewers. Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN saw an audience of 814,000.

Cuomo’s return to nightly cable news comes after nearly a year away from the spotlight after being fired by CNN for advising his brother on combatting sexual harassment allegations.

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ABC News Names Deborah Roberts 20/20 Contributing Anchor

ABC News has added Deborah Roberts as a contributing anchor to its primetime news program “20/20,” bringing plenty of experience to the position.

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ABC News has added Deborah Roberts as a contributing anchor to its primetime news program “20/20.” The Emmy award-winning broadcaster currently serves as senior national affairs correspondent for “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight with David Muir.”

In a news release, the network said Roberts has reported for “20/20” since 1995. 

“Deborah has been awarded multiple Emmy Awards for her international and national coverage of world events, including her reporting on an Ethiopian American woman’s emotional journey back to her African village to discover her long-lost mother,” said ABC News President Kim Goodwin. 

Roberts was awarded a Peabody Award for the “20/20” special “Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor,” which featured her extensive reporting on Taylor’s tragic case.

“Deborah will continue to join “20/20” co-anchors David Muir and Amy Robach, executive producer Janice Johnston and the entire “20/20” team in delivering the No. 1 news magazine on Fridays, which continues to lead the way with world-class, award-winning storytelling,” added Goodwin.

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Chris Cuomo ‘Hungry to Do Better’ as Newsnation Show Debuts

Cuomo’s NewsNation show debuted Monday with guests including former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and comedian Bill Maher. 

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Chris Cuomo returned to TV nearly 11 months after being fired by CNN for using his position to influence several sexual misconduct claims against his older brother former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

According to The Guardian, Cuomo’s NewsNation show debuted Monday with guests including former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and comedian Bill Maher. 

Cuomo reportedly quoted William Shakespeare’s Tempest, “the past is prologue,” he said. He expressed humility and gratitude for the second opportunity in cable news. 

“I’ve been humbled by what happened and I’m also hungry to do better in a way that I’ve never done before.”

Cuomo was CNN’s top-rated host when he was fired in December 2021. His termination started a series of events that culminated with the exit of former CNN president Jeff Zucker and marketing executive Allison Gollust. Since that time, the network has undergone major personnel changes.

Cuomo filed a $125 million wrongful termination lawsuit against CNN. He reportedly took a pay cut to join NewsNation. 

“It’s obvious to me that we need people in my position to do more, to not just play or even referee the game that is plaguing our politics and society,” he said. “That means exposing the game, show when it’s played, show how it’s being played, and also to be more transparent about where my head is on the issues that we cover.”

NewsNation is a network that is less than two years old with an average audience of about 46,000. 

Cuomo finished the show with a phone call from his mother who said the show was “very good.” 

“Thank you for being with us,” he said in his sign-off. “This is the best comeback I could have hoped for,” he added.

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