Stelter, who will host his final episode on Sunday, said in a statement that it was a “rare privilege” to lead a show that examined what he claimed was the “truth.”
“CNN will end its ‘Reliable Sources’ program on Sunday, August 21st,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement. “As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.”
New CNN chief Chris Licht reportedly informed Stelter of the decision to cancel his show, “Reliable Sources,” yesterday. Licht started to evaluate the hyper-partisan “talent” at the network shortly after he joined CNN as he aimed to dial down the extreme partisanship that has plagued the network in recent years.
News of Stelter’s ouster from the network sparked a wide range of comments mocking him, with many saying that he had a toxic impact on the news industry.
“Brian Stelter was the most contemptible, vapid, and unbearably smug news-tv character of the past two decades. Good riddance,” Washington Examiner columnist Harry Khachatrian wrote on Twitter. “His departure has ameliorated cable news.”
“Everyone’s dunking on Brian Stelter since his show got canceled, but I honestly feel really bad for his fan,” conservative political commentator Allie Beth Stuckey said.
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Monica Crowley tweeted, “Brian Stelter AND Liz Cheney getting canned the same week is like Christmas, Mardi Gras and Independence Day all at the same time.”
“Goodbye @brianstelter you’re a garbage guy and I hope you never work in journalism again,” Comfortably Smug, a popular conservative Twitter account, wrote on social media.
"They fired Stelter? Wow. I didn't, I'm just finding this out for the first time." pic.twitter.com/7ILfYl3jt7
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 18, 2022
— The Right To Bear Memes (@grandoldmemes) August 18, 2022
“Brian Stelter was the product of a new paradigm in American media, where journalists see themselves as a prestigious guild with a specific set of class interests,” National Review writer Nate Hochman tweeted. “His job was to defend his guild, no matter what — even if it came at the cost of the truth.”