Pro-Trump commentators Ben Ferguson and Steve Cortes have been benched by CNN, according to a recent report from the Hollywood Reporter. Cortes has not been on CNN proper in over a month, the report notes; Ferguson, who has been with CNN for a very long time, has not appeared on the network in more than four months.
Both commentators are still under contract by CNN — they just aren’t getting scheduled to appear on air. They are “benched.”
“They just won’t book him,” a former CNN contributor said of Cortes. “They’ll just pay him. They won’t fire him, because that’s just blatant. But, they won’t book him, and they’ll tell all the producers not to book him.”
CNN didn’t respond to a request for comment by THR.
A proponent for both sides of the ideological perspective, Jeff Zucker told THR in April, “You can’t run a news channel and you can’t do a show if you don’t talk to all sides.”