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Jimmy Kimmel: Ted Cruz Should Stay Out of the Airports

Cruz is in the news after a video surfaced of him having some sort of dispute with an airline employee.

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is in the news after a video surfaced of him having some sort of dispute with an airline employee that required a law enforcement officer to interfere.

Media outlets such as TheWrap shared the information that Cruz missed his flight and was mad about little rebooking prospects and got mad at the employee. However, despite police needing to come in to defuse the issue, they stated that the situation was minor. 

As Cruz was again in the headlines, it gave the late-night circuit material with comedians like Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at the situation. 

“A man who looks suspiciously like Ted Cruz has a heated exchange with an airline employee and then after the airline employee, a police officer,” Kimmel stated in his monologue on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“Apparently, he missed his flight and demanded to speak to the manager a dozen times, to the point where they had to call in security. He should stay out of the airports, right? I mean nothing good ever happens.”

The late-night host was referencing Cruz getting busted for taking a trip to Mexico while Texas faced a winter storm causing many in the state to lose power last year. 

“Now, you can’t hear what is being said,” Kimmel continued. “We were able to enhance the audio. This is, according to our experts a pretty good approximation of what Cancun Karen was complaining about.”

Kimmel then proceeded to play the video clip of Cruz’s airport dispute with the employee, but with fake subtitles purporting to demonstrate what he was communicating.

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The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper to Host Six-Part Podcast

In a press release obtained by Barret News Media, “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Conspiracy” will join “The Daily Show’s” catalog of podcasts. 

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“The Daily Show” is launching a six-part podcast series featuring their correspondent Jordan Klepper. 

In a press release obtained by Barret News Media, “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Conspiracy” will join “The Daily Show’s” catalog of podcasts. 

“Jordan Klepper encounters some of the more imaginative, conspiratorial minds America has to offer,” the statement said. 

“In this six-episode limited podcast series, Jordan steps off the trail to dig deep into some of the wildest theories he’s heard and trace their origins with journalists, experts, and anyone who might have a lead on when JFK Jr. is coming back.”

The Comedy Central program’s audio library already includes Hold Up, hosted by correspondent Dulcé Sloan and writer Josh Johnson, and Beyond the Scenes, hosted by Roy Wood Jr., which just began its second season this month.

Klepper’s new podcast doesn’t have a debut date but will be dropping this fall across all major podcast platforms and be produced in partnership with iHeartMedia. 

Last year’s Jordan Klepper “Fingers The Pulse – Into The MAGAverse” is the highest-rated and most-watched Daily Show special on YouTube to date. 

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Brian Stelter: Rare Privilege to Host Reliable Sources

Stelter provided a statement to NPR, but the soon-to-be former CNN host went on Twitter to further elaborate on the final “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. 

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On Thursday, the news of Brian Stelter’s show “Reliable Sources” being canceled, leading to his departure from CNN, broke. 

A report from The Daily Beast suggested that Stelter had been at odds with the direction of the network after the departure of CNN President Jeff Zucker.

Stelter provided a statement to NPR, but the soon-to-be former CNN host went on Twitter to further elaborate on the final “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. 

“I loved anchoring @ReliableSources,” Stelter tweeted. “It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.” 

“And here’s the thing we’re going to do it one more time. One more show. This Sunday morning. The small but mighty producing team is working on bookings and ideas right now. I am in awe of their talent, and I am going to do everything I can to help them find new roles. See you Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.”

CNN President Chris Licht informed Stelter regarding the cancellation of his show, ending the run of the network’s longest-running show. 

In a statement to Mediaite, a network spokesperson said that “CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result, Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new endeavors.” 

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Ryan Kadro Reportedly Named CNN’s SVP of Content, Strategy

In his new position, Kadro will help overhaul CNN’s morning news program.

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CNN CEO Chris Licht reunited with a former colleague to help him steer the ship at the cable news channel. 

TheWrap reports that Ryan Kadro, formerly the executive producer for “CBS This Morning,” is CNN’s new senior vice president of content, strategy, and development.

Kadro is a former deputy to Licht and took over as executive producer of “CBS This Morning” after the CNN boss departed to work on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Before joining the cable news channel, Kadro was most recently the chief content officer of The Recount, a digital political news site, and left that position in May.

In his new position, Kadro will help overhaul CNN’s morning news program. He will also help brainstorm new programming for the cabler and report to Amy Entelis, executive VP of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. 

The hiring of Kadro coincides with the exiting of “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter after his show was canceled on Thursday. Licht is moving the network in a different direction and bringing in people who steer the company to be more bipartisan. 

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