Joe Rogan, Kristi Noem and the axed CNN+ staffer are ripping the defunct streaming service

Warner Bros. Discovery shut down CNN+ last week — just three weeks after the failed streaming service launched. There have been reports that CNN+ was only attracting 10,000 daily viewers, despite the network a estimated $300 million to launch the service and another $100-$200 million to promote the doomed company. Many reactions to CNN+’s demise mocked the network’s disastrous streaming service.

The former CNN producer and network insider cast doubt on the success of CNN+

A former CNN employee has interfered in the management of the ill-fated streaming service.

“I challenge you to find any sane person who ever believed that viewers would pay extra money for CNN’s dregs when it competed for their wallets with Netflix and Disney Plus,” said a former CNN producer Fox News. “Would you like to see ‘The Mandalorian’ or extra Brian Stelter?”

A CNN insider informed the outlet, “I didn’t get the whole thing from day one. I am not commenting on the content here. I mean – the base product itself. I didn’t understand why the massive money was being spent after a merger had been announced. It was like, “Wheee! AT&T gave us the money, let’s burn it!” I do not get it.”

Another CNN insider said so New York Post that the “big guys are likely to be bailed out” but the producers and showrunners face six months’ severance pay or nothing at all.

“Everyone is horrified and angry,” the insider told the Post.

Meghan McCain and Joe Rogan dance on CNN+’s grave

Meghan McCain wrote in the Daily mail“Remember, these are also the same people who told coal miners who lost their jobs to go back to college and ‘learn to code’.”

McCain pointed out that between February 2021 and February 2022, CNN’s cable television network lost 70% of its total audience.

She asked, “Why would anyone at CNN think the American public would pay extra for content from a brand that’s already struggling to attract viewers?”

“If anyone had pitched this idea to me, I would have said they’ve spent too much time in the Hamptons with Chris Cuomo and not enough time in the real world, where prime-time Tik Tok stars, Joe Rogan and Fox News dominate media forces.” “McCain added,

Speaking of Joe Rogan, the Premiere podcast host also mocked the failed streaming service during a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

“They spent $300 million. They got 10,000 subscribers,” Rogan cheerfully reprimanded CNN+. “Imagine the hubris of thinking that something people don’t want is free? That you will ask for money for it.”

Rogan parodied a possible CNN+ executives meeting on programming: “‘We’ll be one Jake Tapper Book Club.'”

Rogan added: “Jake Tapper seems like a great guy. But I mean, I feel like I don’t have to pay for his book club. I think you should post that on Twitter.”

During the podcast, British author and political commentator Douglas Murray jokingly slammed the streaming service as “CNN Minus” instead of “CNN Plus”.

Kristi Noem shoots at President Joe Biden

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem used CNN+’s abrupt demise to slam President Joe Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline.

CNN producer Ellie Smith urged people not to rejoice over CNN+’s death as it would put hundreds of people out of work.

“PSA, if you’re going to tweet something scathing about CNN+, the rug has just been pulled out from under the hundreds of journalists and techs who did nothing but work their tails off. So be kind,” Smith wrote on Twitter.

The Republican governor of South Dakota shot back, “Now you know how the Keystone XL pipeline workers are feeling.”

Noem was referring to President Biden canceling the Keystone XL pipeline – which cost at least 11,000 direct jobs. Joe Rogan, Kristi Noem and the axed CNN+ staffer are ripping the defunct streaming service

Laura Coffey

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