Chris Licht is reportedly out as CEO of CNN after a 13-month tenure that has been referred to as one of the most turbulent in the network's history.
Licht vowed to prune CNN of its partisan personalities and programming, and while numerous political commentators, including Brian Stelter and Don Lemon, were let go during his reign, the network still suffered when it tried to stray from its left-leaning ways.
On Wednesday morning, the network announced Licht's departure live on air, with a reporter calling it "news to us here at CNN and you at home." She noted that David Zaslav, chairman of CNN's parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, had just informed staff during an editorial meeting.