The reports surrounding Stelter’s imminent departure come as reports also broke that longtime CNN talent executive Rebecca Kutler is also leaving the network.
According to reports from Variety:
Kutler had most recently been senior vice president and head of programming for CNN+, the much-promoted streaming video hub that was scuttled by CNN’s new corporate parent quickly after the merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia. But her influence at CNN spans well beyond a new streaming effort. She also oversees all analysts, contributors and commentators for CNN, a job she has held since 2015, and was a key lieutenant for former CNN chief Jeff Zucker as well as Amy Entelis, who oversees talent at the news venue
Her departure was announced at a morning editorial meeting on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the matter. CNN declined to comment. During her time, she has worked as an executive producer for Don Lemon and John King, among others and hired Phillip and Andrew McCabe. She played a role in bringing Chris Wallace, Audie Cornish and Kasie Hunt to CNN for the launch of CNN+
Kutler had worked at CNN for more than two decades, being hired at first to work on Wolf Blitzer’s “Late Edition,” which was based at CNN’s Washington Bureau. She helped develop “The Messy Truth with Van Jones” and “The Axe Files.,” and served as a supervising producer on the CNN Film “We Will Rise” featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep.