Host had also wished US congressman would be raped in previous tweet
“CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan,’” a network representative stated, according to Variety.com. “We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
Aslan was in hot water for a vulgar Tweet last Sunday reacting to President Trump’s response to the London Bridge terror attack.
Commenting on the tragedy, Trump tweeted:
Reacting to Trump, Aslan tweeted, “This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
After much backlash, Aslan subsequently deleted that tweet and issued an apology, claiming, “That’s not like me.”
Further analysis of Aslan’s previous tweets, however, proved he directed vulgar remarks at political figures.But a 2012 tweet in which Aslan wished “someone would rape congressman Todd Akin” may have been the last straw.
“Just to be clear I was indeed wishing someone would rape congressman Todd Akin. I’d hate to be misunderstood,” Aslan wrote at the time in a now-deleted tweet.
Newsbusters.org noted that as of noon Thursday Aslan’s “rape” tweet had also been deleted.
Aslan’s firing follows the termination of CNN New Year’s Eve co-host Kathy Griffin, who was canned after posing with a bloody head made in the likeness of President Trump.