One week after Brian Stelter signed off the abruptly canceled Reliable Sources for the last time, CNN aired a rerun of Inside Politics during the Sunday morning time slot — and will continue to do so while it seeks a replacement.
It’s not clear that even Stelter knows exactly what happened to his show, Reliable Sources. Appearing on air for his final episode Sunday, Stelter let at least a hint of bemusement cut through his typical sunny demeanor as he noted that Reliable Sources was CNN’s longest-running show — it recently celebrated 30 years on air, nine of them with Stelter as host — and that its ratings were good.
CNN gave Stelter the chance to host a final episode of the 30-year Sunday morning program on the media even after it was learned this week that he and the show would be exiting — a gesture that’s relatively rare in television.
The show will have its last broadcast this Sunday. CNN has been looking to cut costs but also to put forth a less opinionated product.
In addition to hosting CNN’s Sunday media magazine show, former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter also will serve as a senior correspondent reporting on media and entertainment news for CNN Worldwide throughout the week.