A former showrunner for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is facing major backlash this week. It was revealed that television executive, Chris Licht aims to target Republicans on CNN after being hired as the network’s CEO.
A tweet last week alleged that Licht “met privately with Republican Members of Congress recently to get their view(s) on how CNN might be more accommodating to Republican positions.”
Duty To Warn has also reported that Licht aims to make CNN a more “Republican-friendly” network.
According to those on an internal meeting, Licht told staff members at the network, “I want to acknowledge that this is a time of significant change, and I know that many of you are unsettled. There will be more changes, and you might not understand it or like it.”
Twitter attacked the network recently after host, Dana Bash refused to press a GOP guest on unfounded claims surrounding Joe Biden.
We can never be sure if every editorial change within the network can be traced to Licht’s objectives. However, we can assume he will play a major role CNN’s long-term broadcasting initiatives.
Stephen Colbert gave a personal sendoff to Licht this March, wishing the former Late Show employee well. During his monologue, Colbert gave a gracious goodbye to the employee, claiming he felt the former showrunner would be “right for the job”.
CNN’s future aims still remain unknown despite Licht’s initial comments to staff members and recent reports.
Colbert stays silent on former showrunner’s plans at CNN
Now 7 years later, the Late Show host has made no comments on Licht’s controversial plans at CNN.
It’s possible we could see Colbert respond to the news after his summer hiatus.