CNN PR execs who oversaw devastating Atlantic profile of Chris Licht get the boot

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Following the announcement Wednesday that CNN head Chris Licht is out of the company after an embarrassing profile in the Atlantic, Page Six hears that senior leaders of the PR team who let it happen are also on their way out.

A source tells us that network execs are cleaning house in the communications department, which oversaw the article that laid bare everything from Licht’s distaste for its journalists’ work under the previous boss to his workout routine.

We hear that senior vice president of communications Matt Dornic — who made several appearances in the article “Inside the Meltdown at CNN” as an “omnipresent” figure and is described as “a mainstay of Licht’s small entourage” — has been given the boot.

He was with the company since 2011.

Another source tells us that EVP & Global Head of Communications and Marketing at CNN, Kris Coratti Kelly, was cleaning out her desk last night.

Kelly, formerly of the The Washington Post, was brought on to the role by Licht last July as he was filling out his leadership team.

Several people will be stepping in for Licht while the network looks for a replacement. Amy Entelis, EVP of talent and content development, Virginia Moseley, EVP of editorial, and Eric Sherling, EVP of US programming, as well as David Leavy, chief operating officer will take over as leadership while execs conduct what Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav called “a thorough internal and external search” for a new CEO.

Zaslav announced the news to staff this morning, saying, “For a number of reasons, things didn’t work and that’s unfortunate and ultimately that’s on me. And I take full responsibility for that.”

He added, “But now we begin a new page.”

Page Six reported back in March that Zaslav had privately lost faith in Licht, even while supporting him publicly.

Reps for CNN didn’t get back to us.

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