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CBS This Morning viewers are outraged after veteran reporter Anthony Mason, 65, was replaced by ex-NFL player Nate Burleson, 39, because he's a "better fit" with Gayle King, 66.

CBS announced the personnel change on Wednesday, saying Burleson will join King and the anchor team in September.

Mason, joined CBS News in 1986 and previously hosted CBS Evening News.

He will move to a cultural correspondent role, covering music, arts and entertainment, DailyMail.com reports.

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CBS made the switch to bring in younger viewers as the hosts, King and Mason, near retirement age.

A CBS source told DailyMail.com on Thursday that hiring Burleson full-time gives them a "real chance" to compete in the ratings race.

"Anthony is a nice man and an excellent journalist, he just isn't the right fit for the morning. By pairing Nate with Gayle we have a real chance."

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Burleson, who retired from the NFL in 2014, was previously a guest host on the CBS morning show.

He spent his post-NFL career as a sports broadcaster and a host on Extra TV.

Viewers were livid at the change. Some even accused CBS of "racism."

One Twitter user wrote: "Switching to a new morning news program since CBS
is letting Anthony Mason go... Bad decision for CBS."

Another viewer tweeted: "Sorry CBS. No Anthony Mason, no David Gray. Y’all have a good one!"

While a third viewer wrote: "Nate Burleson is going to take Anthony Mason's place on CBS This Morning? I think that's a great choice."
 

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Some of you know Shelley Wynter and MalaniKai Massey as co-hosts of WSB Radio's "Word On the Street."

WSB Radio is giving the team a 90-day test run in Clark Howard's time slot now that he is ending his syndicated radio show at the end of the year.

"Word On the Street," which was heard on weekends, will air Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight. The 90-day test run starts on Jan. 4, 2021.

In addition to their weekend slot, Wynter and Massey also became the primary fill-in show for Von Haessler Doctrine mid-morning show and Mark Arum's evening show.

Wynter and Massey made the official announcement subbing in for Arum Wednesday, according to Radio & TV Talk. "Shelley and I are both overthinkers," said Massey, a New York native who has been doing radio for 2 decades including 92.9/Dave FM, 640/WGST-AM and Kiss 104.1. "We had to be told to just do what we do."

"We are so different but the same," Wynter said of his co-host, Massey. He hosted a show in the mid-2000s at news/talk 1380/WAOK-AM and more recently on the now-defunct Talk 106.7. He has only hosted solo before inviting Massey to be his co-host on "Word On the Street."

"I never thought I was funny," he said. But his humorous banter with Massey and the show's executive producers Scotty B and DJ Crystal is a large part of Word On the Street's appeal.

"It's a lot of fun. The hardest part is subjugating your ego, pushing your ego down to let someone into your world. Once we did that, that's when the magic really started," he said.

Wynter says he wants the show to be a bit like friends hanging out at a bar, which is similar to the way Arum approaches his show.

"We are just sharing beers and a pizza," Wynter said.

"A vegan pizza," Massey said.

"Listeners are at another table and chime in when they want to," Wynter added.