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Sharon Osbourne Leaves The Talk

Osbourne partook in a heated conversation on race earlier with co-host Sheryl Underwood. The two discussed Osbourne’s support of former “Good Morning, Britain” host Piers Morgan.

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A couple of weeks have gone by since co-host of CBS’s daytime panel show “The Talk,” Sharon Osbourne partook in a heated conversation on race earlier with co-host Sheryl Underwood. The two discussed Osbourne’s support of former “Good Morning, Britain” host Piers Morgan.

The conversation resulted in the program going on hiatus. The Hillshared a statement from CBS that Osbourne had decided to leave the show for upsetting everyone involved, including those watching at home.

“As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace,” the statement said.

“At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.”

The controversy stems from a segment that erupted after the co-hosts discussed Morgan’s departure from his show. Morgan faced criticism for not believing aspects of Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, including having suicidal thoughts.

When the show went on hiatus, journalist Yashar Ali reported several incidents where former co-hosts accused Osbourne of making racist and homophobic comments to former co-hosts.

CBS revealed no further details as to when the show expects to resume or who will fill Osbourne’s role in the future. CNN adds that the entire staff went through “coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness” during the program’s hiatus.

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Digital Exec Meredith Artley Exits CNN

Meredith Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision.

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CNN is saying goodbye to its longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, Meredith Artley, whose departure was announced in a memo to staff that Axios obtained. 

Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision. During her more than 12-year stint with the company, she served as a top executive under former CNN President Jeff Zucker.

“I’m so proud to have played a role in guiding, growing and championing CNN’s journalism across our digital platforms all these years,” Artley said. “There is so much CNN is doing right. How exciting to think about how much farther you will go.”

Furthermore, she became the latest executive to leave the company since the merger was finalized. Longtime CNN digital lead Andrew Morse left last month after directing the efforts at CNN’s now-defunct streaming service CNN+.

According to Axios, Artley was frustrated in the wake of the shakeups occurring at the network. The merger and other corporate issues led to several leadership modifications. 

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Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes

A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

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A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.

According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”  

According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito. 

“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.

Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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