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Jake Tapper Takes CNN Primetime Slot Once Occupied By Chris Cuomo

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CNN announced that Jake Tapper will host the 9 PM Primetime spot once held by Chris Cuomo, the New York Post reports.

The news of Tapper taking over Primetime is the biggest change to the network new CEO Chris Licht has made since being appointed CEO.

Tapper’s new show will premier on October 10. This means Tapper will be one of CNN’s leading voices during the midterm elections of 2024. CNN also announced that this is a trial run for Tapper.

“The world has come to rely on Jake’s no-nonsense approach to covering the news, especially during high-stakes election cycles,” Licht told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

CNN Cancels ‘Don Lemon Tonight’; Lemon Moves to Mornings

CNN continues to purge their radical hosts and show lineup. CNN announced on Thursday that Don Lemon Tonight, the networks primetime show hosted by Don Lemon, was canceled and Lemon would be moving to the morning show.

Don Lemon Tonight has been a cornerstone of the left leaning network for eight years. The move comes after CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht’s promise to tone down the network’s left learn. Licht has already fired Brian Stelter and canceled long-running show, Reliable Sources.

Unlike Stelter, Lemon will remain with the network and move to the morning show along with Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.

“There is no stronger combination of talent than Don, Poppy and Kaitlan to deliver on our promise of a game-changing morning news program,” Licht said in a statement.

There has not been any announcement regarding CNN’s current morning show host John Berman and Brianna Keilar or the Don Lemon Tonight time slot.

“The last eight years have been an incredible ride,” Lemon said in a statement. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with one of the best show teams in the business, but it’s time to shake things up.”

Many more changes are expected at CNN.

‘Elvis’ to stream on HBO Max in September

The Austin Butler starred Elvis is coming to HBO Max next month, Yahoo reports.

Elvis will hit the streaming platform on September 7. This is the first film or Warner Bros. Discovery to wait 70 days past release to end up on a streaming platform HBO Max’s previous plan in 2022 has been 45 days in theater prior to a streaming release.

Elvis follows the rise and fall of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

President Donald Trump’s Truth Social Facing Financial Trouble

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Truth Social, the social media site founded by Former President Donald Trump, is facing alleged financial troubles with hosting provider, Fox Business reports.

The report states that Truth Social owes more than $1 million to hosting provider RightForge. In October of 2021, RightForge announced an agreement to host Truth Social’s platform on their servers. Since Truth Social launched in March of 2022, the company has reportedly not paid the hosting service.

RightForge CEO Martin Avilia didn’t comment on the matter between the two companies in detail. However, he said “Our founding vision is to make a second internet to support American ideas online. RightForge believes in the mission of President Trump’s free speech platform and wish to continue supporting the president in his media endeavors.” 

It is reported that Truth Social owe RightForge $1.6 million.

Apple Looking To Manufacture Watches, MacBooks and HomePods in Vietnam

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According to a report from CNBC, Apple is looking to make their watches, MacBooks, and HomePod devices in Vietnam. The iPhone maker is looking to move its production line away from China.

Apple was one of many big companies that saw major supply chain issues due to China’s Covid 19 lockdown policies.

According to the report, Apple has already asked partners in Vietnam to set up test production lines for MacBook and Apple Watch.

Moving more production to Vietnam would give Apple another line of production and hopefully prevent major supply chain issues in the future. Apple already makes AirPods in Vietnam.

WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett exits company

PWInsider is reporting that Jeff Jarrett has exited his role at WWE. Jarrett finished up as Senior Vice President of Live Events on Friday, according to the report.

Jarrett has had an on and off relationship with WWE over the last few years. In January 2019, Jarrett joined WWE as a Producer and would eventually become an executive in the live events department. With Covid shutting down WWE’s live events, Jarrett left WWE.

The Hall of Famer then went on to launch a very successful podcast in 2021 with Conrad Thompson. Jarrett returned to WWE as Senior Vice President of Live Events in June of 2022.

Jarrett also made a return to WWE TV in July. He also wrestled in the Conrad Thompson promoted Ric Flair’s Last Match.

No word on what lead to Jarrett’s exit from his most recent return.

CNN CEO Chris Licht Warns Network is in a “time of significant change”

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CNN’s CEO Chris Licht has sent a warning to his staff regarding the future of the left-leaning network after the firing of Brian Stelter.

When Licht took over as CEO of CNN, it was rumored that the network would begin shifting toward a more centrist viewpoint. Licht told his staff that the changes are not done yet.

“I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled,” Licht said, according to numerous people who attended Friday’s editorial meeting call. “There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”

CNN staffers feel like there is no security to their jobs. One staffer spoke to Deadline and said “No one is safe or secure right now.”

“I think people are legitimately sad that Brian is leaving,” an anonymous person at CNN claimed to the Hollywood Reporter. “He was a big presence at the network — but understand that Chris has to put his stamp on the network.”

CNN Cancels ‘Reliable Source’; Host Brian Stelter leaving network

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CNN is cancelling their Sunday show, Reliable Sources and host Brian Stelter is leaving the network, Deadline reports.

CNN announced that the show will end on Sunday, August 21. A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.”

Stelter released a statement to NPR stating, “It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.

This is a developing story.

‘Dr. Phil’ show fires 25 staffers ahead of new season

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Long time daytime talk show Dr. Phil has fired 25 staffers as the production heads into their 21st season on CBS, The New York Post is reporting. The news was first reported by Variety.

Dr. Phil claims the firing was done to ensure “longevity” for the show. The staffers who were let go worked in the production department for the the show.

“As is typical of this process there were some roles we discovered that we could reduce yet still deliver our dynamic, forward-thinking program,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Post.

Last year there were allegations made about the show having a toxic work environment.

“I would literally be working in my sleep and have nightmares about something being wrong or not turning in something the right way,” the former employee said. “Even when I quit, I had to go to therapy for it, which is crazy because you’re working for a therapist.”

Dr. Phil McGraw was not implicated in the allegations made against the show.

Alter Bridge returns with ‘Pawns & Kings’ single

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Hard rock band Alter Bridge is back! The band has released their lead single from their forthcoming record, Pawns & Kings. The lead single is also the title track.

Alter Bridge is returning to a sound that has done them well. The band’s 6th studio record, Walk the Sky, departed from the sound that brought them to the dance and saw many fans dislike the new direction. Pawns & Kings looks like a return to the sound from ABIII through The Last Hero with an updated style.

“Pawns & Kings” just slaps. This is probably the strongest single the band has released since “Isolation” in 2010.