Christiane Amanpour out as host of “This Week”? Update: Stephanopoulos in?

posted at 5:05 pm on December 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

As with any dull, lifeless marriage, it’s probably better that this one ends than that they stay together out of obligation.

I want to try an idea out on you, but really think it over before you say no. Okay?

“This Week with Chelsea Clinton.”

Christiane Amanpour is preparing to leave as the anchor of “This Week,” the Sunday morning news program on ABC, two people with knowledge of her plans said Tuesday…

Rumors about Ms. Amanpour’s status on “This Week” have swirled for months, and were given more oxygen last Sunday when The New York Post said that ABC News executives were “mulling who might replace” her. ABC did not deny the newspaper’s report…

At the time she joined ABC, she said she would “focus on the intractable convergence of domestic and foreign policy.” Arguably her biggest scoop on ABC came last February when she interviewed then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak shortly before he stepped down.

Ms. Amanpour’s tenure on “This Week” coincided with a decline in ABC’s competitive position on Sunday mornings.

Here’s the Post item from Friday alleging that neither side was thrilled with the other and that Amanpour might be angling to go back to the foreign affairs beat at CNN, which makes sense. If you were a journo who’d made your rep in international news, what would you rather be doing these days: Covering Iran’s nuclear progress, Syria’s civil war, and Egypt’s new Islamist government or refereeing ideological slapfights between George Will and Paul Krugman?

Like everyone else in America, I’ve never understood why ABC tapped someone with her resume for a political talk show. The idea, I guess, was to add a foreign-affairs dimension to Sunday morning yakfests, but that’s kind of like hiring a business reporter to anchor SportsCenter. Sure, there’s some subject-matter overlap, but nobody’s watching SC for a panel discussion on revenue sharing or the salary cap. And even if a crisis overseas blows up and dominates the U.S. news cycle, what special insight is Amanpour supposedly bringing to “This Week” by dint of her experience as a correspondent? The Mubarak interview was a nice “get” but (a) it was Barbara Walters, not Amanpour, whom Assad turned to for ABC’s latest big “get,” and (b) if it’s Amanpour’s contacts abroad that are prized by ABC, they should have put her in the field rather than behind a desk in D.C. By making her anchor, they were promising especially penetrating discussions of foreign affairs from week to week. Does anyone think they delivered?

Exit question: Amanpour’s loss is Jake Tapper’s gain, right? He’s delivered for them before, you know.

Update: Good lord. Tapper passed over again?

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“Maybe ABC should try something daring/different than the other networks, like maybe someone who is not a leftist or former Democrat hack like Stephanie-polus.”

But they are hiring George Stephanopoulos, legendary objective journalist.

Oh, wait…

Buzzman on December 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

They wanted a MALE commie in that spot, with an American accent. It’s bigotry! She should file a grievance with her union.

DukeTaylor on December 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Out: Queen Doppelpopoulos
In: George Stephanopoulos

Benedict Nelson on December 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

“”Ms. Amanpour’s tenure on “This Week” coincided with a decline in ABC’s competitive position on Sunday mornings.”"

LMAO! Talk about massaging the word CANCELLED?

bob77 on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Even Shatner thinks she over-acts with her flailing arms and putting on and taking off her glasses.

Schwalbe Me-262 on December 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Who?

BlahBlah334 on December 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I still wonder why CNN hired her, beyond her talent for taking the opinion least favorable to US and Israeli actions on a regular basis. Never watched her show, but from the clips I’ve seen at Newsbusters,.. (admittedly not her best moments), I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t see bias in her work.

mark81150 on December 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Sunday morning political shows are irrelevant.

Back in the pre CNN, pre Fox, pre MSNBC and pre-internet world it was valuable. But now, by the time the talking heads are discussing things on Sunday morning, the same stories have been dissected 1000 times already on cable news and online.

It’s like reading today’s newspaper at 5pm to find out what happened yesterday.

angryed on December 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

That crap show was like United Nations This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

Sunday morning political shows are irrelevant.

They are for the beltway bubble crowd only. A bunch of self important talking heads trying to convince each other that they matter.

Moesart on December 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Not even the hilarious Sarah Palin big hair and glasses look she unveiled last weekend was enough to save her.

jan3 on December 14, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Ailes should offer Tapper a job he can’t refuse.

X Factor on December 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM

wouldn’t she look good in one of those full burkha’s with the little eye slit?

acyl72 on December 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Christiane who?

ouldbollix on December 14, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Oh, they still like her politically, alright. It’s that her neck wrinkles are starting to show.

S. D. on December 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM

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