John Krasinski faces backlash after selling ‘Some Good News’

John Krasinski attends Paramount Pictures' 'A Quiet Place Part II' world premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 8, 2020 in New York City. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

John Krasinski is facing some backlash after news spread that he sold his DIY at-home series Some Good News to ViacomCBS.

The Office star began his Some Good News series on YouTube in March to share good news stories around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, and it even included an Office reunion with fan-favourite characters Michael (Steve Carrell), Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Angela (Angela Kinsey), Kelly (Mindy Kaling), Erin (Ellie Kemper), Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) and Andy (Ed Helms).

Krasinski aired his final episode of Some Good News last week, but now there will be a weekly Some Good News series produced by Comedy Central Productions without Krasinski as the main host. He will have a recurring presence in the new series.

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“Could not be more excited and proud to be partnering with CBS/Viacom to be able to bring Some Good News to so many more people,” Krasinski said. “From the first episode, our goal was to create a news show dedicated entirely to good news. Never did I expect to be joining the ranks of such a historic news organization as CBS.”

“Comedy Central Productions is excited to partner with John and bring his beloved Some Good News to audiences around the world through ViacomCBS’ family of brands,” Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS’s entertainment and youth group division, said in a statement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, there was “a massive bidding war” to purchase the show, and the outlet also reports that Krasinski did not always intend to sell Some Good News.

Some fans of the at-home series took to Twitter to call Krasinski a “sell-out” after news that he sold the series spread.

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Krasinski has not responded to the backlash as of this writing.

The series will premiere on CBS All Access and then come to other ViacomCBS platforms at a later date.

More details of the new Some Good News series are currently unknown.

— With a file from Global News’ Adam Wallis

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