Reza Aslan, host of the television show Believer with Reza Aslan, has been fired by CNN over comments Aslan made about Donald Trump. Aslan took to Twitter after Trump promoted his travel ban in the wake of the London terror attack, excoriating him publicly and landing himself in hot water in the process.
Aslan called Trump a “piece of sh–” who “is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
CNN reacted to the tweet by dropping Aslan.
“CNN has decided not to move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan.’ We wish Reza and his production team all the best,” said CNN in a statement.
Believer, which debuted in January, just wrapped its first season. The plans for a second season appear to be up in the air.
Aslan apologized for the tweets, saying “[I] lost my cool.” He also said that he was “very disappointed in this decision,” regarding his firing.
Says Aslan, “Believer means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network. I am especially grateful to the legion of people within the Turner organization who worked so hard to make the show a hit series.”
“However, in these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognized that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased outlet. Similarly, I need to honor my voice,” he continued. “I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. I look forward to partnering with another platform in the future and to continue to spread my message. I wish CNN all the best.”
Reza Aslan is the second CNN host to lose their job in recent weeks, following behind Kathy Griffin and her now infamous Trump beheading stunt. Reza certainly is not at the end of his career. He will likely continue to make television appearances and there’s every likelihood that Believer will re-emerge on another network. CNN has been fairly trigger happy in its firings lately. They are positioned as the foremost centrist news network, so it makes sense.