Following several reports of personality clashes between members of the staff of CBS's The Early Show and its new executive producer Shelley Ross, Ross seemed to be attempting squelch speculation Wednesday that she may have been responsible for the decision of co-anchor Hannah Storm to leave the morning program. In a statement, Ross said, "Hannah is a rare talent with an extraordinary range and skill set. For my part, I hope Hannah and I continue to work and innovate together as we relaunch the many movable parts of the morning." The show is due to receive a significant makeover on January 7 when it does away with an arrangement with local affiliates that allows them to provide much of the content for the first hour of the show if they wish to do so.