Last week it was reported that legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin resigned from CNN. Toobin even released a statement to that effect.
Industry insiders are disputing that version of the story, however. The scoop is that Toobin was forced out.
And that’s not all. CNN is struggling to the point where more cuts are reportedly coming soon.
FOX News reports:
Jeffrey Toobin almost certainly pushed out from CNN, insiders say
Longtime CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced his split with the network late Friday afternoon, only 14 months after CNN welcomed him back following the infamous Zoom incident that tarnished his reputation and embarrassed the network.
While Toobin announced that he “decided” to leave CNN, many feel he wasn’t exactly given a choice considering new CNN CEO Chris Licht is thought to be attempting to “tamp down spectacle” and restore the network’s credibility. If anyone brought spectacle to CNN, it was Toobin.
The legal pundit was famously caught masturbating during a 2020 Zoom meeting with his New Yorker colleagues and subsequently fired by the magazine. CNN, however, did not dismiss him and granted him a lengthy leave of absence when the network was still controlled by former president Jeff Zucker – who was forced out himself earlier this year…
“You can’t have someone on air like that representing you and only someone with Jeff Zucker’s power— which Chris Licht doesn’t have— could have protected him,” the insider continued. “Look for many, many more cuts to come. CNN is notoriously bloated compared to Fox and MSNBC and Licht could probably halve its size with no noticeable change on air.”
A current CNN insider agreed that more cuts are looming.
“They’re going to cut back on [contributors] I think. Toobin clearly was first on the list, but I think it’s going to be a broader thing,” they told Fox News Digital.
These rumors have been swirling all summer.
CNN talent who can't adjust to being less partisan while the network pushes to tone back on programming, could lose their jobs, according to sources close to the matter. https://t.co/4AcsasOosm pic.twitter.com/72Ibve6TT2
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 7, 2022
Who will be next? Don Lemon? Brian Stelter?