CNN Dumps Reza Aslan Over Trump 'Piece of S---' Tweet

Reza Aslan
"Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision," Reza Aslan wrote. "'Believer' means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached." John Sciulli/Getty Images

It's hard to remain unbiased in the Age of Trump, but religious scholar Reza Aslan appears to have gone too far with a recent tweet about the least too far for someone on the payroll of a major network. After Aslan posted on Saturday that Trump is a "piece of s---," CNN has decided to cancel his show, Believer with Reza Aslan, the first season of which had its premiere in March.

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"CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series Believer with Reza Aslan (season two)," the network wrote in a statement provided to Newsweek. "We wish Reza and his production team all the best."

When asked whether the decision to let Aslan go was the direct result of Aslan's tweet about Trump, a CNN spokesperson wrote, "We have nothing more to add."

"This piece of s--- is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind," Aslan wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. The tweet was written in response to Trump renewing his call for a travel ban in the wake of the recent attack on London. Aslan apologized the next day, saying that he lost his cool by responding to Trump "in a derogatory fashion."

"I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president's lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London," he continued. "I apologize for my choice of words."

Though CNN said it was "pleased" with the apology, it ultimately wasn't enough, as the network decided to end its relationship with Aslan despite the production of the second season of Believer already being under way.

After the news of the split broke Friday afternoon, Aslan posted a statement on Twitter.

"Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision," he wrote. "Believer means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it's reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network. I am especially grateful to the legion of people within the Turner organization who worked so hard to make the show a hit series. However, in these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation's discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet. Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. I look forward to partnering with another platform in the future to continue to spread my message. I wish CNN all the best."