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CNN Mourns The Loss of Stage Manager Jay Conroy

Details surrounding the death of Conroy, including cause and exact time, aren’t known to the public.

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CNN is mourning the loss of their stage manager Jay Conroy, who died over the weekend. On Monday, anchors Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow paid an emotional tribute to Conroy. 

Details surrounding the death of Conroy, including cause and exact time, aren’t known to the public. Nonetheless, Sciutto called Conroy “a deeply special person” who, among other things, shepherded the staff at CNN to safety following a 2018 bomb threat. 

“We’ve lost a friend at CNN. Jay Conroy was a stage manager – and so much more,” CNN’s Brian Stelter said on Twitter

“He was a producer, greeter, fixer, hype man, unsung hero for anchors and guests. Just last month, he ran two hours’ worth of Reliable Sources tapings with a 1000-watt smile, putting us all at ease.”

Before joining CNN, Conroy worked backstage with various bands. Furthermore, in 2012 CNN stunned him on camera as the network provided their stage manager with an in-person meeting with Conroy’s favorite band, Aerosmith.

“Jay brought out the best in us, every show, every time. I think that’s because he was a broadcaster in his own right, hosting his own hard rock show. He knew how to prep us, and he knew how to make us laugh,” Stelter added. 

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Steven Crowder Accused of ‘Emotional Abuse’ After Video of Confrontation With Estranged Wife Revealed

A three-minute video captured by a Ring security camera appears to show Crowder berating his then-wife for not fulfilling her “wifely duties”.

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Earlier this week, conservative video host Steven Crowder revealed he had been involved in a “increasingly horrendous divorce” since 2021, and lobbed threats at Candace Owens for what he called “extortion”. A now-released video claims to show emotional abuse between Crowder and his now estranged wife.

Journalist Yashar Ali shared a three-minute video captured by a Ring security camera that appears to show Crowder berating his then-wife for not fulfilling her “wifely duties”. He added that she “wasn’t committed” to anything or anyone, and told her to “watch it” when confronted by the abuse accusations. He told his wife that she refuses to show “discipline and respect” to him during the argument, before saying he doesn’t love her and has never received love from her.

According to Ali, the video ended before Crowder shouted “I will f— you up!”, causing his wife, who was nearly eight months pregnant with the couple’s twins, to leave the home in a panic.

Crowder’s wife contends there was no physical abuse or sexual infidelity in their marriage, but claims she was subjected to mental and emotional abuse before leaving the conservative commentator in 2021.

The Louder with Crowder host spoke about his ongoing divorce for the first time Tuesday, and alerted attorneys that he would do so. The attorneys representing his soon-to-be ex-wife advised him not to speak publicly on the matter. However, Crowder did so anyway.

“The truth is that Hilary spent years hiding Steven’s mentally and emotionally abusive behavior from her friends and family while she attempted to save their marriage,” a statement from an attorney for Crowder’s estranged wife read. “She was the one who was asking to work on their relationship to keep the marriage intact for their unborn children.

“We hope that Steven will cease speaking publicly about these personal matters in an untruthful manner,” the statement continued. “We also look forward to there being full transparency in the legal process so there is fairness and accountability for the actions that caused the divorce, and to ensure the outcome is what is in the best interests of the young children.”

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Dana Bash Takes Exception To Headline Calling Her ‘Ex-Wife’ of John King

“In this context, I am not an ‘ex-wife’, I am a veteran journalist with decades of experience who worked hard for this role.”

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Yesterday, CNN announced longtime chief political correspondent Dana Bash would replace John King as the host of Inside Politics. Bash shared her displeasure with the way the move was covered by the Los Angeles Times.

Bash and King were married from 2008 to 2012. In its headline on the news story, the Times wrote “John King exits CNN’s Inside Politics’ for new role. His ex-wife Dana Bash will succeed him”.

In a tweet, Bash noted that “In this context, I am not an ‘ex-wife’, I am a veteran journalist with decades of experience who worked hard for this role. Do better please”.

She added that she and King “share a wonderful son together” and “are now friends” after their divorce.

After Bash’s tweet, the publication changed the headline, which she thanked them for.

In the announcement of Bash taking the role currently held by King, she said “John built an extraordinary show that has attracted a loyal audience of political junkies, and I am looking forward to leading its next chapter.”

King called his new role covering the 2024 presidential campaign his “back to the future dream assignment”.

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Vice Media Eliminating Vice News Tonight

After dropping to a four-day-a-week schedule, the program ultimately became just a weekly show at the beginning of this year.

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Vice News Tonight has been canceled by parent company Vice Media as part of ongoing layoffs at the company.

The cuts are “part of the wider ongoing restructure of Vice Media Group and the result of tough financial realities which continue to challenge the business in the midst of the sales process and changes to our funding model,” according to a memo from Vice News Vice President Subrata De.

The program debuted in 2016 on HBO and recently celebrated its 1,000th episode. Vice News Tonight garnered more Emmy nominations than any nightly newscast since its inception. In 2019, HBO declined to renew the deal, which led to the program moving to Vice’s cable channel in 2020. After dropping to a four-day-a-week schedule, the program ultimately became just a weekly show at the beginning of this year.

“For nearly seven years, VNT has been a lynchpin for us – a guiding light to so many, and an industry leader in awards and storytelling,” De continued.

The cancelation is the latest in a long line of changes for Vice Media. The company’s President and CEO have each departed since the start of the year. Late last year, the company mandated cost-cutting of 15%, and had instituted a hiring freeze.

The final Vice News Tonight is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th.

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