CNN has dropped Reza Aslan after the tweet of him calling President Trump a “piece of shit” got so much attention.
After Trump tweeted about his travel ban following the London terror attack, Aslan responded, “This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
He later took down that tweet and apologized.
But there was still pressure for the network to drop Aslan. The Media Research Center in particular spearheaded some of those efforts:
Reza Aslan still has a job. CNN still must take action. pic.twitter.com/Hy1Raau1iq
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) June 7, 2017
And now, Mediaite has received this statement from CNN:
“CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series Believer with Reza Aslan (season two). We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted the news as well:
CNN spokeswoman confirms that the network has parted ways with @RezaAslan, who posted profane anti-Trump tweets. Story coming shortly
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 9, 2017
On Sunday, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz wondered if Aslan would still have a show after this.
UPDATE –– 3:43 pm ET: Aslan posted this statement to Twitter in response:
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 9, 2017
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