It’s only natural (literally) that HLN anchor Robin Meade wants a toilet in Studio 7, the home to Morning Express for the past year.
Morning Express is the number two-rated morning cable news show, so why shouldn’t CNN brass do all it takes to keep Meade happy? And given that previously, there was a bathroom facility nearby when she hosted out of Studio H, it only makes sense that she would like a bathroom facility near Studio 7 as well.
Her show is, after all, live for 4 hours — the longest live program out of Studio 7 in recent memory.
A CNN insider complained to the New York Post’s Page Six about the $100,000 toilet, citing the restructuring of the international desk, that I first reported. “Staff have been told there will be least 40 layoffs at the CNN International assignment desk. All desk editors have 30 days to reapply for their jobs. They want to move some of those jobs to Hong Kong and London. But just a year ago, they laid off those same positions in London and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Robin is getting a new, $100,000 luxury latrine.”
As a defender of Meade’s pointed out to the Post, however, “Robin and those on her show currently have to run to a bathroom that is down the hall on another floor. A 2¹/₂-minute break often isn’t long enough to make it back to the set.”
As shown in the clip above (beginning about 2:40), Meade often had to run in order to make it back to her show in time, and was only given two bathroom breaks in the 4-hour rolling news period.
A CNN rep told the Post, “Robin inquired about building a bathroom closer to the studio to benefit the team that does a four-hour live show every day. The estimate has no correlation to other company matters.”
So… Keep Meade happy. Give her the toilet, I say.