Former CNN Host Blasts Network President Jeff Zucker for Unpaid Wages

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June 17, 2018

Former CNN host Reza Aslan blasted Jeff Zucker, the network's president, on Saturday, the one year anniversary of the cancellation of his CNN show "Believer."

Mediaite flagged Aslan's tweets against Zucker, where he said Zucker made a fortune "creating Donald Trump at NBC," getting Trump elected, and pretending to oppose Trump at CNN.

Aslan wrote Zucker canceled his show and refused to pay him or his staff as a result of Aslan's tweet that Trump was a "piece of shit" for using a London terror attack to push his Muslim ban.

He said that his opinion of Trump and Zucker has not changed since then.

"1 year ago today Jeff Zucker @CNN canceled my show Believer during its second season-refusing to pay me or my staff their due wages-because I tweeted that Trump was a piece of shit for using London terror attack to push his Muslim ban. I haven’t changed my opinion of either man," Aslan tweeted.

"Let me be clear about this," Aslan continued. "Jeff Zucker made a fortune creating Donald Trump at NBC; he made a fortune getting Trump elected with a billion dollars in free airtime; and he’s now making a fortune pretending to oppose Trump at CNN."

A few hours later, Aslan continued his criticism of Zucker.

"For those of you asking, Zucker refused to pay me citing the morality clause in my contract," he said.

He then criticized Zucker for scrubbing his show from the CNN archives.

He then retweeted a tweet from Judd Apatow that Aslan's opinion of Trump was, if anything, actually too generous.