By Joshua Rich
Updated April 04, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
Soledad O'Brien
Credit: Chris Pizzello/

Breaking news out of New York today: CNN has officially said it ain’t So-ledad. That’s right, morning-news fans, the cable channel announced that it has yanked its titanic a.m. twosome, the O’Briens (that is, Soledad and Miles), in favor of Fox vet Kiran Chetry and John “Not the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court” Roberts, formerly of CBS. (For more details on the switch, visit TVNewser.)

The departed will get new assignments at the network, but this turn of events still makes me sad. Now, I’ve never really been able to get a bead on Miles — I know that he’s not related to his co-anchor and that he’s a big aviation buff and that he’s not nearly as cuddly as Bill Hemmer. But I am a big fan of Soledad (pictured), who’s always seemed smarter than your average perky-purdy newswoman (just check out her wonderful commentary in Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke — which, hey, just won a Peabody!). Worse than merely seeing her go is the fact that her flight from the anchor chair means that there’s now one less person of color in a prominent position in TV news. When they say that this business is hurting, I now have one more reason to agree wholeheartedly.

Anyway, are you with me, PopWatchers? Any thoughts on the change? Honestly, how long do you think it will be before Wolf Blitzer is hosting every show on CNN?

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