From CNN Weekend Mornings Executive Producer Tenisha Abernathy:
In this business people come and go. In fact, you get used to saying good-bye… it doesn’t even phase me. But saying it this time is a bit different.
Unfortunately, you can’t peek behind the scenes of our weekend morning show. But trust me it is a high-energy hoot! We're yelling about scripts, stories are crashing in edit, and then there's the serious pontification about stories ideas (TJ and I never seem to agree, which makes the dialogue all the more interesting). Nevertheless, we've fostered this family atmosphere making our 3am shift not so bad. We challenge each other, we call each other out, we crack jokes, get mad, yell, scream, make up, buy gifts...yup, probably just like you do in your family.
So this time I guess it's different because I’m losing a family member. While Betty can be tough as nails at times, she's also a gem. She's dedicated to presenting the facts, she's committed to finding the untold stories, and her drive to serve the underprivileged is relentless. I've come to respect her work ethic and also value her as a friend. OK, so maybe that’s why this good-bye is so different. She’s a friend. Very rarely do you stumble across authentic people. Honest people who say what they mean and mean what they say. People who will agree to disagree while their respect for you never changes. People who, when they look you in the eye, you understand their true intentions. Yes, I would say that this good-bye is different.
I am going to miss planning the shows with Betty, planning shoots, and deciding on guests. I'll also miss arguing over stories, and telling her to "WRAP." But more importantly, I'm going to miss all the fun times we've shared together and seeing her on the set with TJ. These two are a joy to work with! You only get to see them a few hours on Saturday and Sunday so you may be wondering, "do they really get along?" I promise you it's not a facade. These two truly respect and care for each other - which makes my job so much easier. Thank you both for playing nice in the sandbox.
I know TJ shares my sentiment when I say our family won't be the same. We all wish Betty the best success in NYC; we know her journalistic integrity and creativity will continue to shine.
Now, its time for Betty's final team breakfast brunch... mimosa's here we come!
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