Chris Licht visited a posh New York City restaurant on Thursday night, posing for a photo with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the heels of being fired as CEO of CNN.
Licht was shown the door by CNN earlier this week after a turbulent year on the job, but the now-former CEO didn’t seem particularly bothered in a photo posted on Instagram. Licht and his CNN chief of staff Devan Cayea, who also left the network, were at the Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan where they posted a photo with Pelosi.
A spokesperson for Pelosi clarified to Fox News Digital that she did not dine with Licht but only ran into him. Licht was bounced in part because he alienated CNN staffers with his criticism of its past coverage, suggesting it was too partisan.
David Marcus penned a Fox News Digital opinion piece this week that put a spotlight on Licht’s efforts to pull in a more diverse audience falling flat with staffers.
“The lesson here is clear: no real conservative voices, the kind that actually reflect the views of the vast majority of Americans on the right, will be tolerated by the crybaby lefty loons in the CNN newsroom,” Marcus wrote.
Former CNN CEO Chris Licht was fired Wednesday after a tumultuous tenure that barely lasted a year. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
“He got cancel cultured because he wanted to level the ideological playing field,” a CNN insider told Fox News Digital, while another said his departure was “inevitable.”
“This was an exciting but incredibly challenging assignment and I learned a lot over the past 13 months. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a successful, fulfilling career and I look forward to my next chapter. I wish the team at CNN the very best, always,” he said.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and David Rutz contributed to this report.