The Office alum John Krasinski has been a bright spot in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to his web series Some Good News. But now that the 40-year-old actor has licensed the viral series to ViacomCBS, some fans are accusing him of selling out.
According to The New York Post, Krasinski signed a “rich” licensing deal after a bidding war erupted over the series that features feel-good stories from all over the globe. In the eight episodes that he has posted, Krasinski has featured a performance from the cast of Hamilton, a reunion of his The Office co-stars performing their famous wedding dance, and a graduation ceremony with Oprah Winfrey, Jon Stewart, and Steven Spielberg.
Lame move John!!! Selling SGN when people are hurting and watched it because we believed your motives were pure. Sellout!!!!!!
— Some Good News (@SomeGoodNews9) May 22, 2020
In eight weeks, Krasinski’s Some Good News channel has racked up nearly 3 million subscribers and the videos on the channel have earned tens of millions of views in total thanks to the uplifting content and the beloved “good guy” host. But now that Krasinski has sold the show, everything is going to change.
Krasinski will still produce the show, but he will not be the host. ViacomCBS has not yet announced who will replace Krasinski, but he is excited about partnering with the massive media company to bring Some Good News to “many more people.”
“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,” Krasinski told The Hollywood Reporter.
Critics of the deal have been extremely vocal on social media ever since the news broke that Krasinski had sold the show that he developed for YouTube back in March. The common critique is that Krasinski has sold out.
“Remember when he created this free feel good YouTube show to ‘make people feel good’ and now he is…………….selling it for $$$? really cool, 100% honorable,” tweeted entertainment writer Lindsey Weber.
@johnkrasinski can’t believe you sold out SGN! How is moving it from a free streaming platform to a paid one going to “reach more people”. You’re just another hollywood sellout to a lot off office fans now. I was looking forward to S3 of Jack Ryan but who knows now. SMFH!
— ryan clemens (@wyck_1) May 21, 2020
“You got to love when what seemed like an act of goodwill during a pandemic can be auctioned off to the highest bidder,” wrote a Florida film professor.
Technology writer Dave Zatz pointed out that the charm of the show was Krasinski in his house with “somewhat amateur production values” chatting with friends, family, and fans.
Tech entrepreneur Josh Pigford wrote that he hated the deal because Some Good News was “pure and wonderful,” but now that ViacomCBS will use it as a “multiplatform showcase across the conglomerate’s brands” he now wants to “stab” himself “in the eyeballs.”
When John Krasinski ended his final episode of Some Good News last weekend, he told his viewers that they “no longer needed” him to remind them that “no matter how hard things get, there is always good in the world.”