Nichols will continue on with the network. She will host special sports-related interviews and specials. She is also a correspondent for Turner Sports, doing sideline reporting for the NBA. Gupta will also remain with the network for medical breaking news and field reporting. The medical unit is being restructured with some cuts as a result, insiders tell us. Romans will remain as co-anchor of the early morning program “Early Start” and the network's main business correspondent.
It's unknown how many staffers were cut as a result of the shows’ cancelation. CNN would not comment to TheWrap.
The removal of Nichols’ sports program, which was never a ratings success, comes after CNN disbanded its entertainment unit in both New York and Los Angeles yesterday. In the talent ranks, HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell's self-titled program was canceled on Tuesday and she will be leaving the network.
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Nichols joined CNN in January, 2013; one of then-new President Jeff Zucker‘s first talent hires. Her weekly program debuted last October. She landed interviews with some of sports’ biggest names, including Lebron James, Derek Jeter, and Tiger Woods. During the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, she reported across CNN programming on a daily basis. Even with high-profile interviews, her Friday evening program struggled ratings-wise. Since its launch, the show was down 17% in viewers and 18% in demo viewers.
Gupta joined CNN in 2001. He reported from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and won an Emmy for his reporting in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake. Most recently, he's been reporting on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa–and now America–for the network. Even with his show's cancelation, he is reporting for the network today on the breaking news surrounding a second healthcare worker being diagnosed with the virus in Dallas.
TVNewser first reported the news on Nichols and Gupta.