As you may recall, CNN cancelled D.L. Hughley Breaks the News a few weeks ago.
The official reason given was that Hughley wanted to relocate to Los Angeles to be with his family. Others have suggested budgetary reasons. Because the Breaks the News cancellation came on the heels of a controversial statement by the host, many believed that the comic was just too hot for the news network. Whatever the real reason for the cancellation, it appears the host is ruffling feathers once again.
The series finale of Breaks the News was taped yesterday afternoon at CNN’s studios in New York. As part of the last episode, TVNewser reports that Hughley included a large segment on the legalization of marijuana.
The host reportedly suffers from chronic back pain and his doctor wrote him a prescription for medicinal marijuana. For the story, Hughley visited a dispensary in Oakland, California to have it filled.
But, if you tune in to see the series finale tonight, you won’t be seeing a portion of that segment in the episode. The CNN higher-ups have reportedly forced the Breaks the News producers to edit out Hughley making the purchase for the final broadcast. Apparently the news network sees this as business as usual. A CNN spokesperson said, “We always edit pieces to conform to our editorial standards.”
Is the censorship just a routine example of their programming policy or is it a fitting end for Hughley’s program? CNN claims that they intend to continue working with Hughley as an LA-based contributor. Do you think he’ll ever be seen on the news network again?
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