CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin announced on Friday that he would be leaving CNN after nearly twenty years with the network following the company’s change in management and slouching viewership numbers.
“Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation,” Toobin announced on Twitter, adding, “Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don. Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from @simonandschuster”
Friends, I’ve decided that, after 20 years, I’m leaving @cnn after my vacation. Was great to spend my last day on air with pals Wolf, Anderson and Don. Love all my former colleagues. Watch for my next book, about the Oklahoma City bombing, coming in 2023 from @simonandschuster
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) August 12, 2022
Toobin leaves nearly two years since his career at the network nearly imploded when he acknowledged exposing himself while on a Zoom call with his colleagues at The New Yorker. Following this incident, he was placed on leave and publicly apologized live on CNN, according to The New York Post.
“I hope to be a better person off camera as well as on camera,” he said in his apology with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota in June 2021 after being allowed back onto the network, however, his time back seems short-lived.
“We are grateful for Jeffrey’s contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” CNN said in a statement.
Toobin’s exit from the network comes as other prominent CNN personalities have left such as Chris Cuomo who was forced out following allegations that he aided in digging up dirt on women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), of sexual misconduct.
The 20-year CNN legal analyst leaves the network as it continued to go downhill. For the first time in six years, CNN has less than $1 billion in profits, as the company struggles to recover after the cancellation of CNN+ while it gets hit with a double-digit rating decrease.
“Projections from S&P Global Market Intelligence say CNN’s profitability is on a pace to decline to $956.8 million this year, a report published by the New York Times on Tuesday read. “That would mark the first time since 2016 that the network had dipped below $1 billion in profit.”
The network’s new chairman, Chris Licht, took over the helm this past spring — as the newly formed Warner Brothers Discovery began changing course in an effort to pivot into the streaming industry with CNN+
“Now, three months into Mr. Licht’s tenure, the network finds itself facing big questions about how it can continue to expand its business with its moonshot streaming service dead and the traditional TV business in structural decline,” the report added.
CNN’s yearly profit of $958.6 million falls far short of its initial goal of $1.1 billion for 2022. This huge miss — of over $100 million — was caused by a number of fundamental issues which continue to plague the biased outlet.
“Ratings are down from their Trump-era heights across cable news, but declines at CNN are particularly pronounced,” The Times piece emphasized. “The network has drawn an average of 639,000 people in prime time this quarter, according to data from Nielsen, a 27 percent decrease from a year ago. It trails MSNBC, which is down 23 percent in prime time during the same period, and Fox News, where viewership is up about 1 percent.”
Viewers of CNN, and now even veteran analysts, realize that the broadcaster is a sinking ship. Perhaps if the new leadership at CNN takes time to reflect on its innate biases it could recover its reputation, but that’s unlikely for the network hellbent on attacking conservatives.
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