Matt Drudge, editor and founder of the influential Drudge Report, predicted on Thursday that CNN President Jeff Zucker will likely be ousted from his role at the network due to a "personal" feud with President Trump and poor ratings.
"Jeff Zucker out either way at CNN, primetime ratings abysmal," Drudge tweeted. "Feud with President Trump too personal and ridiculous..."
Zucker was named president of CNN in 2012 and was tasked with rebuilding the network as it competed with MSNBC and Fox News, which had staked out more partisan viewerships on the left and right, respectively.
Jeff Zucker out either way at CNN, primetime ratings abysmal. Feud with President Trump too personal and ridiculous...— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 9, 2017
CNN frequently boasts about its total daily viewership, but its primetime evening programming typically lags MSNBC and Fox.
Zucker has a long history with Trump, going back to his days as an executive at NBC, where he green-lighted "The Apprentice" and cast Trump as its star.
CNN did not return a request for comment from the Washington Examiner, though the network's publicity arm on Twitter replied directly to Drudge.
"CNN is pacing to have its 2nd highest year in primetime since 2008 - behind only 2016 [election] year," it said. "Those are the facts."