‘CBS This Morning’ executive producer leaving

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The executive producer of “CBS This Morning” will be leaving the show permanently after taking a leave of absence over the summer, Page Six reports.

Diana Miller has EP’d the show since only 2019, when newly instated CBS News president Susan Zirinsky set about to reshape the show.

Miller was in charge as the show navigated dropping John Dickerson and Norah O’Donnell as Gayle King’s co-anchor and moving Anthony Mason and Tony Dokupil into those anchor chairs.

At the same time, the network set about to recast King as a serious, hard journalist as opposed to Oprah Winfrey’s best pal — a strategy that was helped after a tense interview with R. Kelly aired.

Dickerson was sent to “60 Minutes” and also appears during political coverage, while O’Donnell was moved to “CBS Evening News” as part of a reshaping of that broadcast that Zirinsky also orchestrated.

Zirinsky told Page Six that Claudia Milne and Jon Tower, who have been leading the show during Miller’s absence, will continue to oversee the show, though Page Six sources say the network has started an internal search for a permanent replacement.

Miller’s leave and departure are related to unspecified personal reasons, according to Zirinsky.

So far, the talent changes have done little to boost either “This Morning” or “Evening News” in the ratings, where they typically lag significantly behind their NBC and ABC counterparts.

“Evening” was also moved from New York to Washington, D.C. in the months following O’Donnell taking over, at least partially to accommodate the fact that she calls D.C. home.

“This Morning,” meanwhile, has gone through several talent iterations since relaunching under the name in January 2012, originally with Charlie Rose and Erica Hill alongside King.

Hill was replaced in September of that year with O’Donnell and eventually left the network.

CBS fired Rose in 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations arose, the second major network morning show to be rocked by similar scandals after NBC’s high profile firing of “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer.

Dickerson, who had been moderating “Face the Nation,” was moved to “This Morning” in 2018, essentially replacing Rose.

At the time of the 2012 relaunch, which replaced the network’s previous morning offering “The Early Show,” CBS emphasized that the show would focus on hard news — the one part of its strategy that would remain in place over the years.

Prior to the 1999 to 2012 run of “The Early Show,” the network’s morning broadcast also used the name “CBS This Morning.”