On “morning joe”broadcast November 26, 2007, anchor Erin Burnett refers to George Bush as “the monkey in the middle.” She had said “who could not have a man-crush no that man?” … and was clarifying that she was talking about French President Nicolas Sarkozy, not George W. Bush.
Erin Burnett is also co-anchor on “Squawk on the Street”with Mark Haines. She also plays counter and cynic to Jim Cramer.
Burnett joined CNBC from Bloomberg Television where she anchored two hours of programming daily. Prior to Bloomberg, Burnett served as Vice President at Citigroup, where she built an online financial news network targeted at institutional and retail investors.
Burnett also has worked at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN’s “Moneyline.” She began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment-banking analyst focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
In August 2007, Burnett got in a controversy over the following quote:
She was criticized by satirist on Stewart on The Daily Show the following day.
Burnett clarified her statement the following day …
On June 4, 2007, Burnett handily won an online poll of the hottest financial news anchors on Wall Street gossip blog Dealbreaker.com. She received 37 percent of the votes while rival CNBC anchor Becky Quick came in second place with 22 percent. CNBC reporter and anchor Maria Bartiromo only received 13 percent, prompting media watchers to dub Burnett as “Maria 2.0.”