CNN continues to clean house.
According to a report from Fox News, CNN has cut Chris Cillizza in what’s one of the more high-profile firings at the house that Turner built. Cillizza doesn’t seem to be sweating it —he says his time at fake news CNN has been “a blast.”
“My time at CNN was an absolute blast. I got to work with smart and dedicated journalists every day. I’m sad it’s at an end but also excited about what the future holds for me,” Cillizza tweeted.
My time at CNN was an absolute blast.
I got to work with smart and dedicated journalists every day.
I'm sad it's at an end but also excited about what the future holds for me.
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) December 1, 2022
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Robin Meade, the longtime host of HLN’s “Morning Express,” is also out. CNN CEO Chris Licht pulled the plug on all live programming at HLN, a sister network of CNN, so Meade will leave the network she first joined in 2001 as a result.
Meade was the only laid-off employee to receive a shout-out from Licht, who issued a memo to staff on Thursday following the announced cuts.
“I want to take a moment to thank Robin Meade- she is not only an exceptionally popular anchor, but also one of the longest-running morning hosts in history. I know the HLN audience will miss her and the other HLN talent,” Licht wrote.
CNN correspondents Alison Kosik, Martin Savidge, Alex Field as well as Mary Ann Fox, vice president of news in the Northeast, have also been let go, according to Variety. New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser and Politico columnist Jonathan Martin lost their CNN contributor deals, according to Puck News. Former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara was also let go as a legal analyst, per CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter.
Additionally, daytime CNN anchor Ana Cabrera is reportedly leaving the network for NBCUniversal, likely joining MSNBC. Cabrera’s exit is apparently unrelated to the layoffs.
CNN layoffs continue with Chris Cillizza among prominent staffers let go https://t.co/Q1FPR9ljQE
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 2, 2022