John Krasinski facing some major backlash after news circulated that he sold his DIY at-home series Some Good News to ViacomCBS.
“Could not be more excited and proud to be partnering with CBS/Viacom to be able to bring Some Good News to so many more people,” Krasinski said. “From the first episode, our goal was to create a news show dedicated entirely to good news. Never did I expect to be joining the ranks of such a historic news organization as CBS.”
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“Comedy Central Productions is excited to partner with John and bring his beloved Some Good News to audiences around the world through ViacomCBS’ family of brands,” Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS’s entertainment and youth group division, said in a statement.
On Thursday, May 21, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Krasinski’s feel-good show was licensed to VaicomCBS after a “massive bidding war.”
The publication reported that while The Office alum would stay on as an executive producer, he would no longer be anchoring the popular web series. At this time, it was unclear where Some Good News will air.
Some Good News began on YouTube in March, focusing on some good news stories around the world during the ongoing public health crisis, and it even included an Office reunion with stars Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Mindy Kalin, Ellie Kemper, Brian Baumgartner and Ed Helms.
“Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news!” Krasinski wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon!”
Unfortunately, the announcement wasn’t met with positive feedback. Many fans of the show found the business transaction antithetical to the very spirit of the show.
“So he made 8 YouTube videos comprised largely of unpaid contributions from fans, sold the brand to a major conglomerate, and isn’t even going to make it anymore?” One fan tweeted. “Just cashed out? Does this rub anyone else the wrong way, kinda?”
Another user wrote: “You are profiting off Some Good News!?! I bought you hook, line and sinker… believed you were just trying to bring goodness to light. Going from YouTube (free) to a pay service…so disappointed…sellout!!!”
While Krasinski hasn’t directly addressed the backlash, the official Some Good News Twitter account has been replying to fans’ concerns.
“We are going to be free and available on multiple platforms. SGN lives on and we hope you come with us,” the Some Good News Twitter account tweeted.
Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news! Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon! https://t.co/gB3CSBHwjv
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 22, 2020