But she said the network “turned” at around that time and became too partisan.
“They’re trying to turn things around right now,” Kelly told Ham. “People ask me all the time: Do you think CNN can be saved? Now they have new management and new ownership [and] I think a new commitment to try to win back some Republican viewers.”
“Personally, I think it’s too late,” Kelly added. “They’ve already told half the country that they hate them.”
Ham recalled that CNN was “fun” when she first arrived as a commentator at the network in 2016.
“It was a good time,” Ham said of her initial experience at the network. “I felt like we were presenting all the possible takes, including [those from] Trump-critical conservatives, which I was more on the side of, and Trump-favorable conservatives.”
But after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Zucker decided that “now we have to be part of rectifying the situation,” according to Ham.
Ham said that “the new folks” in charge at the network “are trying to bring in people who understand this other part of the country that many people on air in national news media just don’t have contact with.”
CNN has been a network in flux since last year, when it fired primetime star Chris Cuomo after it was learned that he helped his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, craft communications strategy in the face of sexual harassment allegations.
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