Bianna Golodryga out at 'CBS This Morning' and leaving network, sources say

Bianna Golodryga, who joined “CBS This Morning” as a co-anchor less than six months ago, is leaving the morning program, two sources familiar with the matter told HuffPost.

Golodryga has been moved off the program by the new president of CBS News, Susan Zirinsky. Zirinsky felt that the show had too many anchors (it currently has four: Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King, John Dickerson and Golodryga), according to the sources, who requested anonymity to freely discuss network business.

The talent change at “CBS This Morning” is the first Zirinsky has made since becoming president on March 1.

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 3: Bianna Golodryga (shown here) joins Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson as co-host of 'CBS This Morning.' (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 8: CBS This Morning Co-Hosts Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King, John Dickerson, and Bianna Golodryga interview Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Adrianne Haslet LIVE. Pictured L to R: Bianna Golodryga and John Dickerson. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: REBA McENTIRE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON CBS THIS MORNING, with CBS This Morning Co-Hosts, Bianna Golodryga, Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King, and John Dickerson. FEB. 20 IN THE 8:00 AM ET HOUR. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: CBS This Morning Co-Hosts Gayle King, Bianna Golodryga and John Dickerson, interview Bill and Melinda Gates LIVE on Feb 12, 2019. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 6: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Live broadcast following the State of the Union, with guests Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Gayle King, Bianna Golodryga during Tuesday's February 5, 2019 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 4: CBS This Morning Co-Hosts (from left) Bianna Golodryga, John Dickerson, Gayle King, and Norah O'Donnell interview Senator Cory Booker (seated at far right) LIVE about his upcoming 2020 Presidential Campaign. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 5: Caroline Kennedy is interviewed LIVE on CBS This Morning with Co-Hosts Bianna Golodryga, John Dickerson, Gayle King, and Norah O'Donnell. (Photo by Brandon Launerts/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Bianna Golodryga during Wednesday's November 14, 2018 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Journalist Bianna Golodryga attends the 28th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on October 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: CBS This Morning Co-Anchors: John Dickerson, Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell, and Bianna Golodryga. (Photo by Walling McGarity/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: (L-R) Journalists Bianna Golodryga, Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King and John Dickerson attend the 28th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on October 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 3: Bianna Golodryga (shown here at far right) joins, from left, John Dickerson, Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell as co-host of 'CBS This Morning.' (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bianna Golodryga speaks on stage at the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: CBS News coverage of Midterm Election 2018. Pictured L to R: Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, and Bianna Golodryga. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 12: CBS News coverage of Midterm Election 2018. Pictured L to R: Gayle King, Jeff Glor, Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, and Bianna Golodryga. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: Honoree Bianna Golodryga accepts award onstage during the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: News anchor Bianna Golodryga speaks on stage at the 8th Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
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Zirinsky had hoped to keep Golodryga at CBS to work on other news programs. But Golodryga’s deal with CBS News guarantees her a co-anchor position on “CBS This Morning,” which allows her to leave the network if she isn’t kept in that role. A source close to Golodryga said she planned to exercise her option to leave.  

As of early March, network insiders had expected Golodryga to stay on the morning program. But last week it became apparent that she was going to be moved off the show, according to well-placed sources. Rumors had been growing at CBS that Zirinsky, the first woman to lead CBS News, was planning to put her stamp on the news division. Zirinsky, who succeeded David Rhodes, is expected to make additional talent changes across CBS News in the coming weeks.

While CBS insiders close to Zirinsky weren’t surprised by last week’s news of Golodryga’s likely exit, CBS staff and people at CNN, where Golodryga also is under contract, were surprised. Golodryga is beloved at CBS News and CNN, and insiders said they were puzzled she wouldn’t be able to have at least a full year in the role.

She is expected to stay at CNN, where she has a contributor role. Executives at other networks told HuffPost last week that they would be interested in Golodryga should she leave CBS.

CBS is working to achieve $100 million in savings, interim CEO Joe Ianniello told investment analysts in early March, and some cuts must come from the news division. But Golodryga’s compensation was a fraction of what O’Donnell and King are being paid. Additionally, CBS News is losing a versatile anchor who was also booking guests like the Chinese tech company Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei, whose daughter is facing extradition to the United States.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Gayle King attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 22: Gayle King attends Common's 5th Annual Toast to the Arts at Ysabel on February 22, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Freedom Road Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by JNI/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20: REBA McENTIRE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 54TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON CBS THIS MORNING, with CBS This Morning Co-Hosts, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. FEB. 20 IN THE 8:00 AM ET HOUR. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Bill and Melinda Gates in the CBS Toyota Greenroom with Co-Host Gayle King before their appearance on CBS THIS MORNING, Feb 12, 2019. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Gayle King attends the 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Gayle King attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Dave Chappelle and Gayle King pose backstage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 02: Gayle King attends Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Gayle King arrives at The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 'Magical Evening' Gala on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: (Image was captured on the LG V40 ThinQ) Gayle King arrives on the red carpet at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 17th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Tom Hanks and Gayle King pose before their conversation at 92nd Street Y on November 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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Golodryga joined CBS from Yahoo News in September 2017. For about a year, she served as a CBS correspondent and filled in as a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning.” At the time she joined CBS, her agent at CAA, Alan Berger, brokered an unusual deal for her. Golodryga would work simultaneously for CBS News and CNN, serving as a correspondent on CBS, and a contributor and fill-in anchor on CNN.

Since she was named a co-anchor at CBS News, Golodryga’s role at CNN has been reduced dramatically, though she makes weekly appearances on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer.

Gayle King, who has co-anchored “CBS This Morning” since 2012, is on the cusp of finalizing a new contract, as first reported by Variety.  Zirinsky made it a priority to keep King at the network. Meanwhile, Dickerson also is expected to leave the morning program after just over a year as co-anchor, The Daily Beast has reported. 

For some time it has been rumored that O’Donnell would leave the morning program to anchor “CBS Evening News,” replacing Jeff Glor. If that were to happen, Zirinsky is said to favor King co-anchoring “CBS This Morning” with two men. Two possible contenders for those roles, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil, joined King on Friday’s program as fill-in anchors.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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