UPDATED: Ryan Kadro officially announced his exit as executive producer of CBS This Morning on Friday. In a memo to staff, Kadro says his departure will be effective January 4, 2019. You can read the entire memo below.
Nearly nine years after we created CBS This Morning, I’m stepping aside and leaving it in very capable hands. This will be effective January 4, 2019. Until then I’ll be working to help transition new leadership. I want to thank you all for the tireless dedication and professionalism you bring to the newsroom and control room every day. Your passion for news and great storytelling is unrivaled. It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside all of you in our shared pursuit of excellence.
In 2011 we sat in a room with a white board and a mission to reimagine morning television on a broadcast network. We were just going to do the news and whatever stories interested us. Conventions be damned. I leave CBS incredibly proud of how that has turned out. We’ve grown our share of the morning television audience to the highest levels in CBS News history. We received DuPont and Peabody awards, won a Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2017, and earned nearly thirty Emmy nominations, bringing home six trophies. We also figured out how to show people their world in ninety-ish seconds. But every day when I walk into that newsroom, I know we’re really just getting started. The best days of CTM are in its future.
Which brings me back to my future, and this decision. David and I started a series of conversations in September. Through our discussions, I couldn’t shake the feeling in my gut that I need a new challenge (and a serious nap.) It’s the natural course of things.
Soon, I will say goodbye to this broadcast I love. I do so knowing that your garden is filled with green shoots. That you have amazing anchors, a talented senior staff who cares about you, and a division filled with people who love news and CTM as much as all of you love news and CTM. But for now, I say the biggest thank you imaginable to best team in television.
PREVIOUS, December 12, 8:54 PM: Ryan Kadro, the executive producer of CBS This Morning, is stepping down from his position at the end of this year when his contract expires.
Talks over Kadro exiting the morning perch he has held for the past two years have been underway for several weeks, network sources tell Deadline. “Things are changing on the show and it was agreed that a change at the top should reflect that,” an insider said on the once Charlie Rose co-hosted AMer.
While cited in ongoing legal action against Rose that CBS News recently confidentially settled its part in, Kadro’s forthcoming departure is said to not be connected to the suit directly.
The news comes after the aforementioned lawsuit where Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing “Chelsea” Wei sued CBS News in May in the New York Supreme Court, claiming that they did not act on the alleged inappropriate sexual behavior by Rose, who used to co-anchor the program. According to the suit, they were assigned jobs where they were “were required to spend a substantial amount of time working with Mr. Rose,” who is in his mid-70s. The suit says he “subjected Plaintiffs to repeated, ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment, including without limitation: (a) sexual touching; (b) sexual comments; and (c) sexual advances.”
Kadro joined the CBS This Morning production team in 2012 and served as EP since 2016. The program is currently co-anchored by Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, and Bianna Golodryga.