CNN and ABC feud over upcoming, shared debate

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who just signed a new contract with the network, and his co-moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News, may not be getting along too well in preparation for the upcoming town hall with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to a PageSix report.

A source told the New York Post, “There won’t be just two presidential egos in the room on the next debate night, there will be four.”

Another source gossiped, “Both Anderson and Martha want to shine, to be tough on the candidates, and not to be accused of bias. There’s a lot at stake. So there’s a lot of turf-grabbing going on — attempts to box each other out to get the territory they are most well-suited for.”

It isn’t going too well between the staff, either. “They are supposed to be deep in rehearsals — the anchors and their teams have met a bunch of times, and the atmosphere has been acrimonious at best, at all levels, from the producers right up to the execs.”

“Now CNN is running trailers for the debate, trumpeting the event as ‘Hosted by Anderson Cooper.’” The source added, “This has infuriated ABC News boss James Goldston. CNN has erased the name of the only female host of a presidential debate this cycle, and someone who was widely praised for her performance last time.”

ABC’s promos, meanwhile, don’t mention Cooper, but only label Raddatz as a co-host.

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