CNN Execs Depart Network Just Hours After CEO Chris Licht Is Fired

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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CNN’s two top communications leaders are leaving the network just hours after it was announced that CEO Chris Licht was fired, according to CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

“The top two leaders of CNN’s communications department, Kris Coratti Kelly and Matt Dornic, as well as Licht’s chief of staff, Devan Caye, will also depart the company, I’m told,” Darcy tweeted. (RELATED: Watch The Moment CNN Announces Licht’s Departure Live On Air)

The news comes after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav joined CNN’s editorial morning call to announce Licht would be leaving his role as CEO. Licht is slated to be replaced by CNN executive Amy Entelis, who previously served alongside former CEO Jeff Zucker.

Licht’s ousting comes days after The Atlantic published an article entitled “Inside The Meltdown At CNN,” which detailed alleged tensions between staffers since Licht took over the network last April. Licht reportedly apologized to staff Monday during the editorial meeting before confirming he would remain in his position as CEO.

“I know these past few days have been very hard for this group,” Licht reportedly told staffers. “I fully recognize that this news cycle and my role in it overshadowed the incredible week of reporting that we just had and distracted from the work of every single journalist in this org. And for that, I am sorry.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.