“CBS This Morning” co-host Bianna Golodryga is leaving the show and the network, CBS News announced in a statement Wednesday.
“Bianna Golodryga has decided to leave the network. We thank her for her many contributions during her time here at CBS News and wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” a statement from CBS News read.
Golodryga was the newest member of the “CBS This Morning” team, having joined the show in October 2018.
“Viewers know us as the real news destination in the morning – which is why Bianna is the perfect addition to our team,” CBS News president David Rhodes said at the time. “We are so fortunate to have her curiosity and global perspective on every broadcast of ‘CBS This Morning.”‘
Golodryga had worked alongside the program’s more established hosts, including Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson.
The departure is the first move that CBS News’ new boss Susan Zirinsky has taken to shake up the network, which has faced poor ratings over the last year. Ratings for “CBS This Morning” have declined by double digits both overall and in the key 25-54-year-old demographic since the departure of Charlie Rose following a #MeToo scandal.
News of Golodryga’s departure was first reported by Yashar Ali for HuffPost on Tuesday.
“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,” Ali reported. “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.”