Amanpour is said to have alienated some by spending the summer in the South of France before starting on air, requiring the show to use an interim anchor. Plus, she spent summer weekends at the DC home of Sally Quinn, an archenemy of ABC foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz, after they both planned weddings on the same day last summer for their respective children. ABC says Amanpour now stays at a hotel.
“It’s so tribal at ABC because everyone else who had been angling for that job had their own constituencies,” a source said. “They are all gloating over her ratings.” Amanpour placed second in the 25-to-54 demo, but her overall viewership is behind NBC and CBS in the time slot.