We can’t tell you how this tweet made our day. As Twitchy has reported, CNN has been building up to the launch of its paid subscription service CNN+, which would feature shows from luminaries such as Rex Chapman and Jemele Hill. Also on offer: a talk show hosted by Don Lemon and Jake Tapper’s book club.
We didn’t know the service had launched, but apparently, layoffs are already in the works:
Breaking: @CNNplus employees bracing for layoffs possibly as soon as May amid projections of lackluster sales of new streaming channel; CNN employees say new streaming channel could be merged into larger @discoveryplus as early as May unless subscriptions pick up 130 @FoxBusiness
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) March 30, 2022
Matt Dornic, CNN’s head of strategic communications, says CNN couldn’t be more thrilled with the launch:
For the record, we are VERY happy with the launch of CNN+ and are only bracing for a long run of success.
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) March 30, 2022
Hi there, Matt! We're so glad you're enjoying your experience! We'll be here if you have any questions.
— CNN+ Help (@CNNplushelp) March 30, 2022
Gonna screenshot this one
— rob solo (@robsolo) March 30, 2022
— Michael (@Michael35527647) March 30, 2022
So no layoffs?
— John A. Boudet (@JohnBoudet) March 30, 2022
Nothing says success like layoffs in the first month. #RIPCNNPLUS
— Tony FJB Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) March 30, 2022
Interesting you didn’t address the layoffs part of the tweet.
— Audrey Alex (@aalex2) March 30, 2022
It's been 24 hours.
— acardnal (@acardnal) March 30, 2022
Do companies always give a lifetime 50% off discount on the first day launch of a new streaming service? Like 3 hours into selling them? Must be because so many were willing to pay full price, huh?
— neither (@ryanh71879) March 30, 2022
“Subscribe today and get 50% off the standard monthly plan for the lifetime of your subscription.”
They are offering 1/2 off the price for an entire year and they still can’t cut it. Lol @ the clown network
— Lisa (@Rockprincess818) March 30, 2022
No one believes this, not even your awful bot.
— Loyd Ostertag (@LloydOstertag) March 30, 2022
Yes, of course, most companies are VERY happy with the launch of a product no one wants.
— lihi cohen (@lihicohen9) March 30, 2022
"Bracing" for success LMAO
— Iceman (@TomKazansky86) March 30, 2022
How many subs you got?
— MsCharlieDanielle (@Mizz_CharlieD) March 30, 2022
No one watched CNN when it was free at airports. No one watches on basic cable either. What makes you believe someone will actually pay to watch CNN streaming.
— Kirk High-Land (@KirkHighland) March 30, 2022
Wow you got roasted.
— Robert Scheidt (@RobertScheidt9) March 30, 2022
— Navy Guy son of Marine C. Viet Vet (@MarineCVet1) March 30, 2022
I guess Chris Wallace wasn’t the draw they thought he’d be.
— cr_clark (@cr_clark) March 30, 2022
For what’s it’s worth, they’re only asking $2.99 a month after that 50 percent discount.
CNN+ producer has ‘just a hunch’ that Republicans are still mad about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing https://t.co/gKqm7sFi4f
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 21, 2022