A.M. HangOVER: Auld Lang Syne?

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Today, American Morning ended its decade-long run without a peep to its peeps. No nod to its original anchor, “just a little sexy” Paula Zahn, its final permanent one, “Chetrylicious” Kiran Chetry, or its other less colorful ones. In fact, holiday guest co-hosts Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerich did not even offer AM‘s loyal viewers a final farewell.

In the final segment today, Alina and Deb were surrounded on the AM divan by CNN nameless faces. As the strains of Auld Lang Syne began to air, Deb declared, “And, before we leave, we want to show appreciation to all those who work behind the scenes here at American Morning. These are the folks who get up in the middle of night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show, and they do it with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy.”

Chiming in animatedly, Alina asserted, “These are the people who work behind the scene tirelessly day and night to make us look good each and every day. And, we cannot thank you enough because we’re nothing without you guys.” She concluded, “Thank you very much. Happy New Year! We hope you have a great year.”

Subsequently, as the final credits began to run, ironically, producers struck up Auld Lang Syne again. No retrospectives of the show’s past co-hosts nor highlights of the program were shown at all. In fact, no mention was made that the show had ended to AM‘s audience who were not in the know.

What a surprise awaits the unwitting viewer next Monday (January 2). AM and its usual “temporary anchors” Ali Velshi, Christine Romans, and Carol Costello or their fill-ins will be nowhere to be found. Instead, two new CNN shows and their cohosts will be there: I.e., CNN newbies, Zoraida Sambolin and Ashleigh Banfield, will greet the viewers in the 5-7 a.m. ET hours, and AM veteran Soledad O’Brien will visit them anew from 7-9 a.m. ET.

Auld lang syne: forget about it? As AM ended today, unfortunately, CNN did not give its AM audience a chance to remember the good times past nor to bid adieu to their old friends today. Rather, CNN seemed to simply hope that their “hung-over” viewers would be happy to make entirely new morning acquaintances next year. In three short days.

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16 Responses to “A.M. HangOVER: Auld Lang Syne?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    CNN didn’t handle this transition very well. I doubt I will watch the new shows.

  2. less kiran Says:

    didn’t like Soledad the first time or when she was at NBC, don’t care for Banfield, have no idea who Sambolin is…….morning news is going to be crummy in 12. can only watch cable news at work so it will suck.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I used to watch Zoraida Tambolin (sp) in Chicago. She was a local news anchor so I guess making the jump to CNN is the big leagues.

    I agree that CNN really dropped the ball on American Morning. So are Ali, Christine and Carol still with CNN?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I so dislike all these changes. Christine Romans and Ali Velshi were smart and entertaining. Carol !!! Well I will not be following yet another change – CNN has lost me as a viewer.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t like the changes but in fairness it could be first day jitters. I will miss Carol, Christine and Ali, they worked well together, they all appeared to like each other and along with their professionalism they had a sense of humor.

    I think C.N.N. broke up an entertaining and informative team here.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Not an auspicious debut for Zoraida. She is nirvana for leg lovers, she’s very proud of her sexy stems and she loves to show them off.
    Prudish CNN didn’t have any gratuitous camera shots of her gams to pump the ratings.
    Too bad, cuz’ the Z babe is a cult goddess who is worshiped on leg fetish sites all over the net.

    http://www.legcross.com/2010/10/we-are-liking-zoraida-sambolin.html

  7. Andrew Nelson Says:

    I started watching because of Ali Velshi! He was real, Ashleigh Banfield and Zorida? Really … What is going on over there!?? Very disappointed

  8. Bill Says:

    Without Christine Romans and Ali Veshi, you will force me back to Fox

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  10. Jennifer smith Says:

    What the fox. Costello was the best anchor on CNN. Where will we find her next? No offense to s. O’brien but the dynamics are just not the same. I guess I’ll watch the today show with robin Roberts. We will miss you.

  11. Christie Abraham Says:

    The new show sucks!

  12. Gr8Accountant Says:

    IMHO, CNN made a mistake taking American Morning and its three great hosts out. They are gone and so am I. Sad, sad, sad.

  13. brenda Says:

    What has CNN done! Was shocked and am now dismayed by the end of AM. Replacement shows horrible…

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Can’t say it enough how lackluster the new show is. And who’s watching Soledad @ 7 am. CNN you blew it big time.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    The new show’s are a huge turn off. O’Brien.. Boring.. Where did Carole & the great team go ??
    Lost me, and on to Fox!!

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