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John Krasinski sells “Some Good News” to CBS; some fans are not happy

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John Krasinski hosted a virtual quarantine ball on Some Good News with performances by Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish.

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Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first?

John Krasinski sold his wellness web series “Some Good News” to ViacomCBS after a massive bidding war.

“Wow who can believe when we started this thing together, we all wanted the good news to be better represented in our everyday lives,” said Krasinski. tweeted following the announcement. ” And now? You are literally the good news! Thanks to you, SGN continues to live, joining the ranks of this historic information network! See you soon! “

In a statement posted on Twitter, CBS said, “On the very first episode of @somegoodnews from @ johnkrasinski, he asked why there had never been a news show entirely devoted to good news. . “

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Krasinski created the YouTube web series during the coronavirus pandemic to focus entirely on positive and inspirational stories, a welcome change for many in search of an escape from the COVID-19 news cycle and quarantine. In just two months, “Some Good News” has garnered over 71 million views and 2.57 million subscribers on YouTube.

The actor has produced eight free episodes on YouTube, including an “Office” meeting, a “Hamilton” performance, online graduations and a virtual ball with special guests.

In the eighth episode earlier this week, Krasinski announced that “we are taking a break right now, but there is more to come!” Stay tuned “.

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Bad news? Krasinski will no longer organize new episodes after the acquisition, although he will act as executive producer. (A new host has not yet been named.)

This news did not please some fans.

Twitter user @lindseyweber wrote, “Remember when he created this free YouTube show to” make people feel good “and now he’s selling it for $$$? Really cool, 100% honorable. “

“So he made 8 YouTube videos made up largely of unpaid fan contributions, sold the brand to a major conglomerate, and isn’t he going to do it anymore?” Just cashed? Does it rub someone else the wrong way, a little? ” tweeted @Lons.

@Leah_rants added: “Finding good news #SGN was sold to be put behind a payment wall on #CBSAllaccess is so disheartening. Yes, you can have your good news if you pay us $ 5.99 a month for it. A way of completely losing the integrity behind. ”

Others took the news in stride.

“Good for @johnkrasinski for creating this wonderful series, and good for CBS to buy it. It’s perfect “, tweeted former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.

User @ thekrasinskis2 added, “Forever grateful for John Krasinski who came up with the idea of ​​putting on a show to bring people good news in a world ruled by hatred 7 years ago, then decided to start in the middle of a pandemic so that people feel better and less anxious. “

“The only acceptable alternative host for Some Good News is Randall Park posing as John Krasinski”, @chastity_v joked.

USA TODAY contacted a Krasinski representative for comments.

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