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Jane Velez-Mitchell Show Reportedly Canceled

Jane Velez-Mitchell Show Reportedly Canceled


The out HLN anchor is a casualty of layoffs, reports The Wrap.

Out anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell's eponymous HLN show has been canceled by parent Turner Broadcasting, and she and her staff are out of work, reports The Wrap.

Velez-Mitchell was "the first talent casualty" in layoffs at Turner units HLN and CNN today, the site reports. Also, all her show's staffers, roughly a dozen, lost their jobs.

Various sources confirmed the layoffs to The Wrap, but a CNN spokesperson declined to identify "specific people or programs" affected.

Also, CNN's entertainment unit, which covers awards shows and red carpet events, is being disbanded, and its chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, lost her four-person New York staff. Amanpour retains a staff in London, where she is based. The layoffs are part of a 10 percent staff reduction by Turner, amounting to 1,475 employees, planned over the next two weeks.

"For Velez-Mitchell, her HLN show has been struggling, to say the least," reports The Wrap. "It was down fairly hefty double digits in both total viewers and the key 25-54 news demo, when comparing 2014's third quarter with 2013's -- a loss of 31 percent in total viewers and 30 percent in the key demo. For the most-recent full quarter, the program averaged just 227,000 in total viewers and fewer than 100,000 in the demo."

In a 2009 interview with The Advocate, Velez-Mitchell discussed why she didn't come out as a lesbian until she was 51. "I never got to the point of ever using the word gay in my head," she said. "Maybe it was all self-generated fear. I didn't feel I had the freedom of choice that young people today have."

The Advocate recently named Velez-Mitchell to its list of the 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media.

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