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CNN was one of the most trusted news firms in the country, covering the whirlwind agenda with facts and analysis that few rivalled.

But over the last few years the media company has been accused of nosediving into a chaotic left-wing entertainment service that is a shadow of its former self.

The crisis culminated yesterday in what has been described as the ‘biggest flop in US broadcasting history’ as it pulled its hyped up new streaming app.

Bosses dumped CNN+, its $300million vanity project that was unveiled to much fanfare, after just three weeks amid feeble subscriber figures.

It spat in the face of former chiefs such as Jeff Zucker who had negotiated pumping $1billion into it over four years.

The firm was exposed when low-level staff revealed their jobs had been slashed without them knowing – only finding out through social media.

But they launched a furious fightback last night as they openly slammed senior figures for ‘pulling the rug out beneath us’.

The move appeared to have been triggered by executives at Discovery, which only completed its rocky merger with CNN owners WarnerMedia earlier this month.

Bosses had been dropping hints for weeks about their opposition to the streaming service, including CEO David Zaslav who was said to be against it from the start.

Yet the huge embarrassment, which sees stars such as Chris Wallace and Eva Longoria left in the lurch, seemed to be the climax of a raft of failings at CNN.

Pictured: Ken Jautz, Andrew Morse, Kasie Hunt, Chris Wallace, Rex Chapman, Anderson Cooper, Amy Entelis, and Michael Bass at the launch event in New York last month

Pictured: Ken Jautz, Andrew Morse, Kasie Hunt, Chris Wallace, Rex Chapman, Anderson Cooper, Amy Entelis, and Michael Bass at the launch event in New York last month

Pictured: Ken Jautz, Andrew Morse, Kasie Hunt, Chris Wallace, Rex Chapman, Anderson Cooper, Amy Entelis, and Michael Bass at the launch event in New York last month

The new streaming service had been heavily advertised (pictured yesterday), but only had 150,000 subscribers

The new streaming service had been heavily advertised (pictured yesterday), but only had 150,000 subscribers

The new streaming service had been heavily advertised (pictured yesterday), but only had 150,000 subscribers

The huge embarrassment, which sees stars such as Chris Wallace (pictured) and Eva Longoria left in the lurch, seemed to be the climax of a raft of failings at CNN

The huge embarrassment, which sees stars such as Chris Wallace (pictured) and Eva Longoria left in the lurch, seemed to be the climax of a raft of failings at CNN

The huge embarrassment, which sees stars such as Chris Wallace (pictured) and Eva Longoria left in the lurch, seemed to be the climax of a raft of failings at CNN

Eva Longoria (pictured) is one of the big names now with an uncertain future at the company

Eva Longoria (pictured) is one of the big names now with an uncertain future at the company

Eva Longoria (pictured) is one of the big names now with an uncertain future at the company

Rex Chapman and Brian Stelter are pictured at the CNN+ Launch Event at PEAK NYC Hudson Yards last month

Rex Chapman and Brian Stelter are pictured at the CNN+ Launch Event at PEAK NYC Hudson Yards last month

Rex Chapman and Brian Stelter are pictured at the CNN+ Launch Event at PEAK NYC Hudson Yards last month

A ‘deal of a lifetime’ that ‘wasn’t worth a penny… How much did CNN+ cost?

CNN+ launched last month with a base price of $5.99 per month, or $59.99 for an annual subscription.

Subscribers who signed up the first four weeks were eligible for half off that monthly price for life, in what CNN called the ‘deal of a lifetime’.

After the promotion ends, the CNN+ monthly base price was set to be the same as rival Fox News’ established streaming service, Fox Nation, which started in 2018.

Critics today branded it ‘not worth a penny’ and said the ‘lifetime deal’ made customers a subscriber for life. 

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The company’s rapid decline can be traced back to its move away from impartial journalism towards opinion-based shows in the last few years, according to some critics.

Its founding fathers in the 1980s created a beacon of unbiased reporting that made ‘news the star’.

The firm cemented its position in American households during the Gulf War and was seen by many as the nation’s ’emergency room’ during terror attacks or elections.

But by the 2010s it started to flounder as US media became more politically aligned, with viewers ditching it for other channels in their droves.

It hired former NBC chief Zucker in 2013 to try to turn this around, with him bringing in a swathe of commentary to try to compete with the likes of Fox News.

It saw the polar opposite firms set on parallel paths, with CNN morphing into the left-wing version of its right-wing rival.

By October 2019 the company had settled into third place in the viewer ratings, cemented behind Fox News and MSNBC for the 10th quarter in a row.

Meanwhile, to the fury of bosses, Fox News continued to soar, having been the most watch cable news network in the country since 2002.

CNN’s mammoth editorial team – around 4,000 by 2010 that dwarfed its rivals – made this even more concerning.

But chiefs appeared to realize covering straight news was bumping viewership slightly yet not enough to keep people tuning back in.

Its move to commentary based pieces has bedded down recently, with ‘analysis’ articles across the site now often a smokescreen for commentary, critics claim.

One headline from last month read: ‘Demonizing Disney: Fox and right-wing media attack the entertainment giant as ‘woke’ company indoctrinating kids.’

Another, by CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza last May, was titled: ‘This is how dangerous right-wing media *actually* is.’

And one more, from January, said: ‘Biden’s legislative problem is threadbare margins, not left-wing overreach.’

The examples are a far cry from the original CNN people trusted before the shift to commentary in the 1980s.

Andrew Morse, CNN's chief digital officer (pictured)  was leading the new CNN+ team, but will leave the company

Andrew Morse, CNN's chief digital officer (pictured)  was leading the new CNN+ team, but will leave the company

Andrew Morse, CNN’s chief digital officer (pictured)  was leading the new CNN+ team, but will leave the company

CNN+ appeared to have been was set up to follow in the failing tradition, with them even snaffling long-term Fox devotee Wallace.

Amid huge anticipation – mostly built up by the company – it was dubbed ‘the evolution of video news and the start of a new era for the company’.

The $300million startup was unveiled to huge fanfare – and a glitzy New York City launch party – but drew in a pathetic 150,000 subscribers.

CNN+ launched with a base price of $5.99 per month, or $59.99 for an annual subscription.

Subscribers who signed up the first four weeks were eligible for half off that monthly price for life, in what CNN called the ‘deal of a lifetime’.

After the promotion ends, the monthly base price was set to be the same as rival Fox News’ established streaming service, Fox Nation, which started in 2018.

It was previously reported executives thought its growth rate could have competed with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post at up to 2.9million.

CNN bosses first looked into a streaming service in early 2020 and hired seasoned pro Jason Kilar to oversee WarnerMedia.

The firm in the April bought out Canopy, which made a personalized news app, as well as bringing on New York Times product veteran Alex MacCallum.

Zucker and AT&T CEO John Stankey put their weight behind CNN+ and they also hired consulting firm McKinsey to help with the launch on March 29.

Andrew Morse was tasked with divvying up CNN and CNN+ operations and was given $1billion over four years to play with.

But relations soured when WarnerMedia said it would merge with Discovery in May last year, with streaming veteran Jason Kilar set to be axed.

He is said to have then given Morse and Zucker free reign to make the CNN+ dream come true despite fears Discovery would shelve it.

When Kilar left the company, Zucker reportedly continued to push for it as a top priority while he backed it from the sidelines.

Meanwhile insiders told Axios three executives that stepped in for Zucker briefly tried to distance themselves from it.

Licht will be replacing former president Jeff Zucker

Licht will be replacing former president Jeff Zucker

Allison Gollust subsequently left the network

Allison Gollust subsequently left the network

In February, Jeff Zucker (left) resigned under pressure for allegedly violating corporate policy by not disclosing the nature of his consensual romance with second-in-command Allison Gollust (right), his friend and colleague of over 20 years

Kilar is said to have agreed to keep the CNN+ project going regardless of the $43billion merger, according to sources.

By this point Discovery chiefs were reported to be furious he did not hold off the launch until after the companies joined forces.

Zaslav told CNBC on February 4: ‘I haven’t gotten a business review on what CNN+ is going to be and how it’s going to be offered.’

Executives are said to be under pressure to fill a huge hole in company finances as it battles to shake off a reported $55billion debt.

There had also been skepticism a paid news streaming service would attract interest from consumers, who already have available a slew of online TV.

While Fox has a paid streaming service, Fox Nation, other major news organizations make their apps available free.

WBD is said to be interested in pursuing a streaming strategy centered on HBO Max, rather than multiple niche subscription services.

Under this plan, some CNN+ shows would be incorporated into the tentpole HBO Max service.

Discovery also has its own streamer, Discovery Plus, which will reportedly also be merged into HBO Max.

Execs seem to feel consolidation is the right move in the fractured streaming market, and want to offer a premier combined service rather than multiple niche streamers. 

Discovery executives are also believed to be interested in moving CNN away from opinion programming and back towards its roots as a hard news outlet.

Sources told Axios WBD was considering a plan to fill fired host Chris Cuomo’s former 9pm weekday slot with a live nightly newscast.

At the start of February, Zucker – who had championed CNN+ throughout – shook the firm to its core by resigning amid a romance scandal with his top lieutenant.

Zaslav three weeks later made Chris Licht – an ally from outside CNN – Zucker’s successor.

There were constant meetings over the following days between executives, CNN+ boss Morse, Licht and Discovery’s ‘JB’ Perrette.

Even from this early stage CNN chiefs were said to have realized Discovery executives were worried about CNN+’s spiraling costs.

They were also said to be livid CNN had not waited until after the merger was completed before launching the streaming service.

Axios reported that on April 12, just four days after the merger, millions of dollars was slashed from the app and redundancies were set to follow.

It was swiftly followed by marketing being suspended and finance chief Brad Ferrer was ousted, replaced by Discovery’s Neil Chugani.

In his memo, Mr Licht said consumers wanted 'simplicity and an all-in service' rather than 'standalone offerings' rather than what CNN+ offered

In his memo, Mr Licht said consumers wanted 'simplicity and an all-in service' rather than 'standalone offerings' rather than what CNN+ offered

In his memo, Mr Licht said consumers wanted ‘simplicity and an all-in service’ rather than ‘standalone offerings’ rather than what CNN+ offered

Brad Ferrer

Brad Ferrer

David Zaslav

David Zaslav

CNN chief financial officer Brad Ferrer (left) has reportedly been ousted in a cost-cutting move as Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav (right) restructures the newly combined company

Three weeks after launching, CNN+ was dead in the water, amid woeful subscriber figures – about 150,000 – and an unpopular business model with bosses.

It marked the bitter end to one of CNN’s biggest vanity projects, with $300million sunk into the service and a budget of $1billion over four years.

Announcing the news, Mr Licht said consumers wanted ‘simplicity and an all-in service’ rather than ‘standalone offerings’ rather than what CNN+ offered.

He said some content will wind up on other company networks, and workers will get opportunities to apply for jobs elsewhere inside Warner Bros Discovery.

He said Morse would be leaving the company. Mr Licht wrote: ‘While today’s decision is incredibly difficult, it is the right one for the long-term success of CNN.

‘It allows us to refocus resources on the core products that drive our singular focus: further enhancing CNN’s journalism and its reputation as a global news leader.’

Key members of staff were reportedly only told about the news hours before a town hall meeting with the CEO at lunchtime.

Meanwhile most of the lower-level workers were left in the dark and only heard about it through the press and social media.

Producer Ellie Smith said: ‘PSA if you’re going to tweet something snarky about CNN+, hundreds of journalists and technicians who did nothing but work their tails off just had the rug pulled out from under them. So be kind.’

Another, Erika Ryan, said: ‘Let me just say I’m very proud of the work I’ve done at CNN+.

‘I work with world class journalists and we have poured our heart and soul into creating content that we’re extremely proud of.

‘Well if anyone needs a producer with print, digital, live tv writing, control room and now ~streaming~ experience, I’m available for hire!’

Chief National Affairs Analyst Kasie Hunt said: ‘(Some of you are asking about me. I am proud to be on team CNN. I will be fine. It’s not about me right now.)

‘The journalists I have been privileged to work with on CNN Plus are world class I am so incredibly proud to be able to call them colleagues If your organization would like a chance to benefit from their talents, my DMs are open This is *my* job for the foreseeable future.’

Around 350 out of the 700 people on the streaming service are set to be laid off with 90 days pay.

Those who cannot get another job within CNN will then be given at least a six months severance package.

The channel’s stars are said to be negotiating new deals, with Wallace potentially set for a move to the TV network side of things.

CNN news reported on CNN+ being shut down yesterday afternoon, claiming it was ‘hyped as one of the most signifiant developments in the history of CNN’.

The Twitter post appeared to have misspelled significant, with the full post saying: ‘CNN+, the streaming service that was hyped as one of the most signifiant developments in the history of CNN, will shut down on April 30, just one month after it launched.’

Critics mocked the network for shutting down the streaming service so quickly, with one asking: ‘Wait… there was a CNN+?’

Donald Trump said: ‘Congratulations to CNN+ on their decision to immediately FOLD for a lack of ratings, or viewers in any way, shape, or form.

‘It was like an empty desert out there despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars and the hiring of low-rated Chris Wallace, a man who tried so hard to be his father, Mike, but lacked the talent and whatever else is necessary to be a star.

‘In any event, it’s just one more piece of CNN and Fake News that we don’t have to bother with anymore!’

An industry insider told DailyMail.com: ‘Chris Wallace has total egg on his face – leaving his plum gig at FOX News to front the biggest media failure of the century.

‘At least Quibi lasted eight months – CNN+ couldn’t even make it 30 days. If I worked at CNN I’d be p***ed – $300 million to launch a streaming service that can’t even make it a month.

‘Chris Wallace interviewing Judy Collins should have been the first signal this was doomed – who was going to watch that? What a waste of $8m, CNN should have left him at FOX.

‘CNN had three years to plan this out – and they couldn’t even last 30 days, what an embarrassment.’

Patrick Moorhead wrote: ‘Anyone surprised? @CNN has fallen over the past 5 years and is having a hard time getting up.’

Joe Pags said: ‘CNN+ is going away. Did you know it existed?’ CNBC’s Alex Sherman said: ‘CNN+ offered a ‘lifetime’ deal where you only had to pay $2.99 a month and you were a subscriber for life.’

He added: ‘Hard not to chuckle at that concept today, even if Gallows humor (my favorite).’

Nicholas Fondacaro posted: ‘CNN+ wasn’t worth 1 penny. So they should get all their money back.’

Another man added on Twitter: ‘CNN+ is now the biggest flop in the history of broadcasting.’

The rapid decline intrigued marketing leaders, with CEO and founder of Alembic Tomás Puig saying: ‘CNN hasn’t realized their competitor is now the New York Times.

‘Print and video are two sides of the same coin now – where it used to be just print journalism.

‘Then video journalism was very different – moving everything to 24 hours. Now print is 24-hour, video is 24-hour, and all the reporters carry around cameras.

‘CNN thought they could just repackage their current content and compete with the New York Times. It’s never going to happen.’

‘Biggest flop in US broadcasting history’: CNN+’s talent and fallen hopes of $3m streaming service:

Chris Wallace: Veteran Fox News anchor who was ‘ready for a new adventure’

Veteran Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said he had left the network after 18 years because he was ‘ready for a new adventure’.

He said in a statement he was ‘thrilled’ to be joining the longtime Fox competitor.

He said: ‘I am thrilled to join CNN+. After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming.

‘I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape—and finding new ways to tell stories.

‘As I embark on this adventure, I am honored and delighted to join Jeff Zucker and his great team. I can’t wait to get started.’

Since joining CNN+ – and in the three weeks it lasted – he produced some of the few stand out moments.

He clashed with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when the veteran news anchor grilled her over Joe Biden’s lack of sit-down press interviews.

She also opened up about some of her most notable moments in the briefing room and discussed her tears over Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

He also had a heated exchange with author of the 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, where she claimed Americans who fought in the Second World War were guilty of ‘brutally suppressing democracy’ for black Americans.

CNN+ host Chris Wallace has debated 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones over her assertion that the Greatest Generation were brutal oppressors

CNN+ host Chris Wallace has debated 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones over her assertion that the Greatest Generation were brutal oppressors

CNN+ host Chris Wallace has debated 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones over her assertion that the Greatest Generation were brutal oppressors 

Eva Longoria: The actress turned travel journalist who was ‘so excited’ to go Searching For Mexico

Eva Longoria said she was ‘so excited’ to start at CNN+ before she was left in the lurch by the company when it shut down.

She was set to celebrate her heritage by executive producing and starring in six-episodes of Searching for Mexico.

The 47-year-old actress – who boasts 22.4M social media followers – said in December: ‘Secret’s out!

‘So excited for this to launch next year! Big thank you to Stanley Tucci for setting the bar.’

She was referring to Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy starring the 61-year-old Oscar nominee, who’s also executive producing Searching for Mexico.

‘Partnering with CNN on a culinary-driven expedition throughout Mexico is a dream come true,’ Longoria said in a statement.

‘I am so proud of my Mexican-American roots and can’t wait to bring the hidden gems of Mexico to the world through Searching for Mexico.’

On the show, the Casa Del Sol co-founder looked at how blue agave is harvested for tequila and how traditional mole sauce is cooked in Oaxaca.

The 46-year-old actress tweeted: 'Secret's out! So excited for this to launch next year! Big thank you to Stanley Tucci for setting the bar'

The 46-year-old actress tweeted: 'Secret's out! So excited for this to launch next year! Big thank you to Stanley Tucci for setting the bar'

The 46-year-old actress tweeted: ‘Secret’s out! So excited for this to launch next year! Big thank you to Stanley Tucci for setting the bar’

Audie Cornish: Seasoned NPR anchor who was just ‘thrilled to be a part of it’

Audie Cornish joined CNN and CNN+ in January from NPR, where she worked for its All Things Considered program.

She joined NPR’s National Desk in 2005, reporting from Nashville, covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

Cornish later joined the NPR politics team in Washington to cover the 2008 presidential race and Barack Obama’s election.

Audie Cornish joined CNN and CNN+ in January from NPR, where she worked for its All Things Considered program

Audie Cornish joined CNN and CNN+ in January from NPR, where she worked for its All Things Considered program

Audie Cornish joined CNN and CNN+ in January from NPR, where she worked for its All Things Considered program

She said in January: ‘I am very excited to join CNN and the CNN+ team. There are fresh stories to be told and new ways to tell them.

‘CNN has a dynamic system of reporters and storytelling channels. I am thrilled to be a part of it.’

It was not immediately clear what her position at the firm was after CNN+ was shut down.

Alison Roman: Ex-New York Times food writer who had VERY public spat with Chrissy Teigen and joined new CNN venture

Food writer Alison Roman joined CNN+ to work on cookery programs and was seen as a ‘a perfect addition’ to the line-up.

Executives had invested in food-related shows to try to draw a younger audience.

Roman said at the time: ‘I could not be more thrilled to be partnering with CNN Plus on this project.

‘I’ve been dreaming about bringing a new sort of cooking and food show to life for years and I can’t think of any place better to make it a reality.’

Food writer Alison Roman joined CNN+ to work on cookery programs and was seen as a 'a perfect addition' to the line-up

Food writer Alison Roman joined CNN+ to work on cookery programs and was seen as a 'a perfect addition' to the line-up

Food writer Alison Roman joined CNN+ to work on cookery programs and was seen as a ‘a perfect addition’ to the line-up

Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president for talent, added: ‘Alison’s unique style and tone make her a perfect addition to our CNN Plus line-up.

‘From vinegar chicken to shallot pasta – we are thrilled that Alison will share the stories behind her signature recipes with the subscribers of CNN Plus.’

Roman was food writer at the New York Times but left in December 2020 after her huge spat with Chrissy Teigen.

In May of that year she apolgized to the model for saying she was ‘horrified’ by her food-based ‘content farm’.

After Teigen took to Twitter to defend her Cravings brand, Roman tried to backtrack.

She said: ‘I shouldn’t have used you /your business (or Marie’s!) as an example to show what I wanted for my own career- it was flippant, careless and I’m so sorry.’

She added: ‘I sent an email but also wanted to say here that I’m genuinely sorry I caused you pain with what I said.’

 

 

 

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Hundreds of furious CNN+ staffers rage after it shut down just three WEEKS on from launch: Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld takes potshots at his ex-colleague Chris Wallace saying, ‘BLM has done to black people what he did for CNN+’

Staff at CNN‘s short-lived streaming service CNN+ have been left ‘aghast and furious’ at management after the decision to end the service after only three weeks – describing it as ‘an absolute debacle.’

CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht – who does not officially take over until May 2 – told staff on Thursday that CNN+ was ending.

The service only began on March 29, and producers had lured over talent including former Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, actress Eva Longoria, and chef Alison Roman. 

The demise of CNN+ was greeted with joy by Fox News figures such as Greg Gutfeld, as well as critics of the network including Donald Trump and his son.

Insiders estimated the network spent $300 million launching and between $100 million and $200 million advertising. CNN had been planning to spend more than $1 billion on CNN+ over four years, two people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.

David Zaslav, who since the beginning of this month has led the newly-merged massive media giant, had been expected to bring in changes.

But one veteran staffer told The Washington Post: ‘We expected them to cut off a few fingers, not the entire arm.’ 

David Zaslav, the president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, took the helm of the newly-merged media company on April 8.

David Zaslav, the president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, took the helm of the newly-merged media company on April 8.

David Zaslav, the president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, took the helm of the newly-merged media company on April 8. 

The 300 employees who had already started working at CNN+ were left fuming by Thursday’s announcement – despite the network saying it would try to transfer them to open positions in the company.

Layoffs are likely for people who are not placed in new jobs; they would receive at least six months of severance, according to reports.

Plenty within the service felt they had not been given a chance.

‘Many people left their stable jobs at CNN to go to CNN+ and then they pull it right after launch?’ a source told The New York Post.

‘Everyone is aghast and furious.’

Sara Sidner, who moved from LA to New York to host a CNN+ show, told Thursday's meeting that the decision to end it so soon was 'mind-blowing'

Sara Sidner, who moved from LA to New York to host a CNN+ show, told Thursday's meeting that the decision to end it so soon was 'mind-blowing'

Sara Sidner, who moved from LA to New York to host a CNN+ show, told Thursday’s meeting that the decision to end it so soon was ‘mind-blowing’

Another source complained to the paper: ‘The big people will likely be saved, but what about everybody else, the people who do the real work?’

Another was even more blunt.

‘This is f****** crazy, it is nuts.

‘This literally rivals the epic disaster of Quibi,’ the insider said, referring to the short-lived streaming platform that went out of business seven months after it launched in April 2020.

Licht broke the news on Thursday at a meeting held in a TV studio on the 19th floor of CNN’s headquarters in New York.

After his speech, according to The Washington Post, Sara Sidner, a long-serving CNN correspondent who moved from Los Angeles to New York to host a CNN Plus show, stood up and told the shocked crowd: ‘This is mind-blowing, to be perfectly honest.’

She later tweeted: ‘It’s over. It’s been the shortest most amazing ride #CNNPlus team.’

Hunt, reportedly enticed to leave MSNBC with a $1 million contract, tweeted: ‘The journalists I have been privileged to work with on CNN Plus are world class.

‘I am so incredibly proud to be able to call them colleagues.

‘If your organization would like a chance to benefit from their talents, my DMs are open

‘This is *my* job for the foreseeable future.

She added: ‘(Some of you are asking about me. I am proud to be on team CNN. I will be fine. It’s not about me right now.)’

Sources told The Post that CNN ‘overspent on talent’ by giving Wallace $9 million per year.

He is now thought likely to take over the 9 p.m. slot on CNN left vacant after the firing of Chris Cuomo in December.

Donald Trump was among those celebrating the demise of CNN’s new venture.

‘Congratulations to CNN+ on their decision to immediately FOLD for a lack of ratings, or viewers in any way, shape, or form,’ Trump said in a statement issued on Thursday.

‘It was like an empty desert out there despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars and the hiring of low-rated Chris Wallace, a man who tried so hard to be his father, Mike, but lacked the talent and whatever else is necessary to be a star.

‘In any event, it’s just one more piece of CNN and Fake News that we don’t have to bother with anymore!’

His son, Donald Trump Jr, tweeted a mocking meme, showing the famous dancing pallbearers of Ghana, with the CNN logo on the coffin.

The glossy launch party for CNN+ was only three weeks ago, on March 28

The glossy launch party for CNN+ was only three weeks ago, on March 28

The glossy launch party for CNN+ was only three weeks ago, on March 28

Greg Gutfeld, Fox News host, on Thursday was joking repeatedly about the demise of CNN+

Greg Gutfeld, Fox News host, on Thursday was joking repeatedly about the demise of CNN+

Greg Gutfeld, Fox News host, on Thursday was joking repeatedly about the demise of CNN+

Fox News hosts were also gloating about their rival network’s struggles.

Greg Gutfeld joked repeatedly about the situation on Thursday, commenting during a discussion about leaders of the Democratic Party: ‘The Democratic bench is thinner than Chris Wallace’s demo reel from CNN+.’

He later added: ‘BLM has done to black people what Chris Wallace did to CNN+. He enticed them with a promise and then ditched them on the side of the road.’

In another instance he joked, ‘A lot of these solutions that are coming from the left are unreliable, there are solar panels or windmills. Look at CNN+, how much money they invested in wind power by hiring Chris Wallace.’

During the final segment, Gutfeld aired a clip of a bison roaming through a town.

‘I haven’t done a celebrity sighting in awhile,’ he began. ‘As we know, CNN+ closed down, so you see a lot of their talent out on the street.

‘For example, I just looked out at Sixth Avenue, and who did I see just hanging out in front of a tavern? None other than, guess? Chris Wallace, just wandering around.’

The decision to close the streaming service, Licht told staff, was not due to any failure on their park.

The service has attracted 150,000 subscribers so far, paying $5.99 a month, and were on a pace to hit first-year subscription goals.

CNN+ was unable to show the same news shows as CNN, owing to existing contracts with cable tv providers. But they had encouraged their stars like Anderson Cooper to branch out into a parenting show, and had given Don Lemon a chat show.

Yet CNN’s new parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery – officially formed from a merger on April 8 – was unimpressed by the figures.

At any given time, fewer than 10,000 people were watching the service, two people familiar with the numbers told The New York Times.

‘It’s not your fault that you had the rug pulled out from underneath you,’ Licht said on Thursday, according to a recording reviewed by the paper.

‘The new owner came in and said: ‘What a beautiful house! But I need an apartment.’

‘And that doesn’t take anything away from this beautiful house you built. I am proud of it, and I am proud of this team, and I am gutted by what this means for you.’

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