CNN Mistakenly Sent Staffers Gift Boxes After Firing Them From CNN+ Team

CNN+ shut down on April 30 just a month after its initial launch.

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Ex-staffers got a slap in the face when after being fired from the month-old streaming service they received gift boxes filled with CNN+ merchandise including gear, pens, food containers, a popcorn maker, and headphones.

The boxes also included what would have been a heartwarming sentiment if not for the grim circumstances of having just been laid off.

“This is an incredible time to be part of CNN,” the enclosed note read. “Build relationships and take time to connect with colleagues and learn so that you make the most of your time here.”

The mailed gifts were apparently sent by mistake to the 400+ workers who were fired from CNN+, a company representative relayed to the Wall Street Journal.

After hiring several hundreds of New York-based production staff who poured in hours of work on daily programming, set design, and an investment of $300 million, Warner Bros. Discovery pulled the plug on the streaming service, laying off hundreds of CNN staffers. Some of the employees said they had left other stable jobs and freelancing work for the exciting experience of what one top producer described as CNN’s “Apollo Mission.”

CBS journalist Wesley Lowery commented on the fallout, sharing his own career insight.