Competing Reports That CNN Plans To Dump Jim Acosta

  • Jim Acosta will not exit CNN amid rumors, a source very close to CNN’s CEO and chairman, Chris Licht, told TheWrap Sunday.
  • Acosta, who currently serves as an anchor for weekend programming and CNN’s chief domestic correspondent, was rumored to be the next anchor to go. Speculation grew after News Cycle Media president Jon Nicosia tweeted that he had a scoop on the next “big name” to leave CNN, and identified the person as Acosta on Friday. After Mediaite reported Sunday that the rumors were “absolute bulls—,” the source close to CNN leadership confirmed the report.
  • The rumors come two months after Brian Stelter’s abrupt exit from the network along with the cancellation of his Sunday morning show, “Reliable Sources.” At the time, TheWrap reported exclusively that Don Lemon and Acosta were expected to stay at the network despite the centrist direction guided by Licht.