The fired Brian Stelter can not resist a dig at the new CNN boss Chris Licht in his last show

Fired CNN journalist Brian Stelter couldn’t resist a dig at new boss Chris Licht as he ended his final show on Sunday by saying the network “must stay strong” while outlining his role as “Media Hall Monitor” as ” patriotic” – despite recording low ratings.

CNN announced on Thursday that it was canceling Reliable Sources and that Stelter was leaving the network.

“I know that it is not partisan to stand up for decency, democracy and dialogue,” said Stelter when he said goodbye for the last time on Sunday.

“It is not partisan to oppose demagogues. It is necessary. It’s patriotic. We need to make sure we don’t give a platform to those who lie to our face. But we also make sure that we represent and represent the full spectrum of the debate about what is going on in this country and this world.’

Stelter went on to tell viewers that CNN and other news outlets must be held accountable.

“That’s why CNN has to be strong. So I believe CNN will be strong. Your viewer at home – it’s up to you. CNN needs to stay strong. I know that the 4,500 employees will do their part to make it stronger than ever. But it’s up to you to hold CNN accountable, and not just CNN. You must hold your local newspaper accountable. You need to hold your local digital outlet accountable. It’s on us. We are all members of the media and we all contribute to making it better.’

Stelter, the chief media correspondent and host of Reliable Sources for the past nine years, is the network’s second casualty after Chris Licht, CNN’s new CEO and chairman, took over earlier this year.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced last week that he would not be returning to the network after his leave.

Some have speculated online that other anchors may be next, with mentions of right-wing lightning rod Don Lemon and Jim Acosta.

However, Lemon and Acosta are expected to remain on the network – for now – a person with knowledge of the plan revealed to TheWrap on Sunday, despite a recent decision to step away from opinion broadcasting and return to its more “centrist” reporting roots.

Fired CNN journalist Brian Stelter ended his final show on Sunday by saying the network must

Fired CNN journalist Brian Stelter ended his final show on Sunday by saying the network must

Fired CNN journalist Brian Stelter ended his final show on Sunday by saying the network must “stay strong” and hailed his role as “Media Hall Monitor” as “patriotic.”

Stelter told his viewers that CNN and other news outlets must be held accountable

Stelter told his viewers that CNN and other news outlets must be held accountable

Stelter told his viewers that CNN and other news outlets must be held accountable

The decision to spare Lemon and Acosta was told to TheWrap by someone with knowledge of the plan just hours before Stelter aired its final “Reliable Sources” show Sunday.

The source said that CNN’s new CEO and chairman, Chris Licht, has made no plan beyond firing Stelter and legal analyst Jeff Toobin’s exit last week.

“No decisions are being made yet,” a CNN insider said, adding only that Licht was “weeks away” from announcing any major programming changes.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced last week that he would not be returning to the network after his leave.

Some have speculated online that other anchors may be next, with mention of Don Lemon, a lightning rod for the right.

Acosta, the chief domestic correspondent, has also been rumored to be next on the cutting board for his reporting style as he challenges Republicans defending denial of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.

Warner Bros. Discovery insiders told TheWrap that they were not informed of a plan to eliminate either journalist.

Some have speculated online that other anchors may be next, with mention of Don Lemon, a lightning rod for the right

Some have speculated online that other anchors may be next, with mention of Don Lemon, a lightning rod for the right

Some have speculated online that other anchors may be next, with mention of Don Lemon, a lightning rod for the right

Acosta, the chief domestic correspondent, has also been rumored to be next on the cutting board for his reporting style as he challenges Republicans defending denial of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election

Acosta, the chief domestic correspondent, has also been rumored to be next on the cutting board for his reporting style as he challenges Republicans defending denial of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election

Acosta, the chief domestic correspondent, has also been rumored to be next on the cutting board for his reporting style as he challenges Republicans defending denial of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election

Brian Stelter has been ousted from CNN amid a restructuring of the network by new CEO Chris Licht

Brian Stelter has been ousted from CNN amid a restructuring of the network by new CEO Chris Licht

Brian Stelter has been ousted from CNN amid a restructuring of the network by new CEO Chris Licht

An insider told TheWrap that Licht wants non-affiliated journalists.

“It’s not a good brand position to be the opposite of Fox News,” the insider said. “He wants to be tough and not cops – but not affiliated with any party. It’s fair to say he doesn’t like the CNN vs. Fox thing.

The reorganization comes after Warner Bros Discovery board member and major shareholder John Malone said in a 2021 CNBC interview that CNN should return to bipartisan journalism once it is under Discovery’s control.

“I’d love to see CNN go back to the kind of journalism it started out with and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” Malone said at the time.

Stelter called Malone in February and accused the billionaire of criticizing CNN without actually seeing it.

“Malone’s comments fueled fears that Discovery might choke CNN journalists from shouting indecency and injustice,” Stelter wrote in his newsletter at the time.

Stelter’s departure comes a week after Toobin also announced he would not be returning to the network, and Licht has made it clear that more significant changes are on the way.

“I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know many of you are unsettled,” Licht said of his staff, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. ‘There will be other changes that you may not understand or like.’

CNN's new chief Chris Licht is currently working to revitalize the scandal-hit network, with Stelter becoming the second to win the bid after Jeffrey Toobin - who said he had resigned but is said to have been fired

CNN's new chief Chris Licht is currently working to revitalize the scandal-hit network, with Stelter becoming the second to win the bid after Jeffrey Toobin - who said he had resigned but is said to have been fired

CNN’s new chief Chris Licht is currently working to revitalize the scandal-hit network, with Stelter becoming the second to win the bid after Jeffrey Toobin – who said he had resigned but is said to have been fired

Stelter, pictured, has become the second victim of new CNN boss Chris Licht after he failed to report the

Stelter, pictured, has become the second victim of new CNN boss Chris Licht after he failed to report the

Stelter, pictured, has become the second victim of new CNN boss Chris Licht after he failed to report the “open secret” affair between Licht’s predecessor Jeff Zucker and staffer Allison Gollust

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Jeffrey Toobin returned to the air in June 2021 after an eight-month suspension, but announced last week that he would not be returning following his furlough

Jeffrey Toobin returned to the air in June 2021 after an eight-month suspension, but announced last week that he would not be returning following his furlough

Jeffrey Toobin returned to the air in June 2021 after an eight-month suspension, but announced last week that he would not be returning following his furlough

Some employees expressed concern that Stelter’s departure from the company was an indicator of other anchors falling away.

“I think people are rightly sad that Brian is leaving,” someone familiar with the situation told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s had a huge presence on the network, but (we) understand Chris needs to make his mark on the network.”

Stelter confirmed in a statement to NPR that he would be stepping down from the show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in March.

He added he was grateful for the show and his team’s exposure to “the media, the truth, and the stories that shape our world.”

“It has been a rare privilege to headline a weekly show that focuses on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.”

In his appeal, which reiterated his warning to his staff, Licht praised Stelter’s contributions to CNN while also criticizing outside media speculating about how the show will progress.

Stelter still had more than three years of contract

Stelter still had more than three years of contract

Stelter still had more than three years of contract

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“You heard me say at my first town hall that I will be making decisions more slowly than some would like,” Licht said in a June memo.

“I know this organization has gone through tremendous changes in the last four months, so I’m taking this process slowly and deliberately as we look at all parts of the operation.

‘We will continue to realign where it makes sense to best serve our people and the company.’

Stelter’s last show was broadcast on Sunday morning.

He also recorded the show’s final podcast, which is currently available online as of Friday morning.

All of the recent news of CNN’s changes has come with a ratings nosedive, falling to less than half its Fox News rival and averaging just 787,000 this year.

However, Stelter’s show fought in the ratings war with Fox News.

Fox’s rival show, MediaBuzz, averaged 1.5 million viewers this year, while Reliable Sources had 787,000.

Reliable Sources is having its worst year since 2015, losing 26 percent of its total audience compared to the previous year.

It has lost 34 percent in the 25-54 age group and 31 percent in the 18-49 age group.


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