CNN anchor Ana Cabrera jumps ship for MSNBC gig: sources

CNN daytime anchor Ana Cabrera will eschew the cost-cutting network for a role as rival MSNBC, two people familiar with the situation told The Post.

The anchor, who currently hosts CNN’s 1:00 p.m., said Thursday that he will be working with Warner Bros. has confirmed it is leaving the Discovery-owned network, which has laid off hundreds of workers this month.

Cabrera tweeted His last day at CNN will be next week after nearly a decade on the job.

“It’s hard to say goodbye,” he wrote. “Thanks to CNN for everything. (My final show is one week from today, December 22nd. I look forward to starting this new chapter in my career and am excited for the new opportunities, challenges, and growth ahead!”

That opportunity will come up at MSNBC, two sources told The Post.

Cabrera will appear as the 11 a.m. anchor on NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC after negotiating a non-compete clause in his CNN contract. Variety reported.

Cabrera, who joined CNN in 2013, is expected to reappear on NBCU’s sister network MSNBC.
Twitter / @AnaCabrera

MSNBC declined to comment. CNN and Cabrera did not respond to requests for comment.

Cabrera leaves CNN amid a steep ratings decline at the network. Earlier this month, CNN boss Chris Licht cut hundreds of jobs, including veteran CNN reporters Alison Kosik, Martin Savage, Alex Field, Mary Ann Fox and Chris Cillizza, as well as sister network HLN.

Cabrera’s departure was his decision and not part of a bloodbath, multiple sources told The Post.

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Cabrera is at CNN during a turbulent time at the network, which is undergoing a rebuild under its boss, Chris Licht.
Twitter / @AnaCabrera

Cabrera, who joined CNN in 2013, has hosted two Presidential Halls and was the first to interview former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley after the historic North Korea sanctions vote. It also covered nine consecutive hours of breaking news following the 2017 London Bridge terrorist attack.


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