45th President Donald J. Trump issued an email statement on Thursday reveling over the collapse of CNN+ after just three weeks, calling it a “empty desert” and mocking “low-rated” Chris Wallace.
The media giant confirmed Thursday Warner Bros. Discovery will shutter the streaming news service on April 30.
In a statement Thursday, CNN Worldwide Chairman and CEO Chris Licht said the network is part of the company’s broader streaming vision, and expects to combine elements of it with a planned merger of HBO Max and Discovery+, the company’s two entertainment-focused streaming services, Brett Molina at USA Today reported.
“We have therefore made the decision to cease operations of CNN+ and focus our investment on CNN’s core news-gathering operations and in further building CNN Digital,” said Licht.
45th President Donald Trump weighed in over CNN+ collapsing and appeared to celebrate the announcement in his statement.
“Congratulations to CNN+ on their decision to immediately FOLD for a lack of ratings, or viewers in any way, shape, or form,” Trump said from his “Save America” PAC. Continued Below
“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,” the 45th President said.
“In any event, it’s just one more piece of CNN and Fake News that we don’t have to bother with anymore!” he added.
In February, Trump also celebrated the resignation of former CNN president Jeff Zucker, who he called a “world-class sleazebag”. Zucker had issued a memo to CNN staff, announcing his immediate departure and claimed he was resigning for not disclosing a consensual relationship with a colleague. Continued Below
Liz Harrington, Trump’s spokeswoman, tweeted a screenshot of the 45th President’s email statement:
President Donald J. Trump:
“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… pic.twitter.com/9sgoDtaOak
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 21, 2022
CNN’s Brian Stelter claimed the service was “hyped” as “one of the most significant developments in the history of CNN”.
He also confirmed CNN+ “will shut down on April 30, just one month after it launched”.
Breaking: 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. Here's our initial story – more to come https://t.co/JElI3cVyDF
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 21, 2022