You may recall our reports on 'Some Good News' over the last few weeks. The Youtube Channel, started by 'The Office' actor and 'A Quiet Place' director John Krasinski, focussed on positive news items coming out in these harrowing times.
Past episodes of 'Some Good News' saw Krasinski reflect back on 'The Office' with his co-star Steve Carell. Another episode saw a young Hamilton superfan get a surprise live performance from the cast. In another episode, Krasinski hosted a "virtual prom" with the Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish.
There was even an episode where Krasinski married a couple who were then treated to a recreation of 'The Office' wedding dance from the original cast.
So it was chock-full of very positive, feel-good stuff.
Last week Krasinski announced after its eighth episode that the series was, for now, taking a break. By that point the channel had 2.85 million subscribers with episodes getting a average of 17 million views.
Several fans are now accusing the actor-director of being a "sellout" after announcing he's sold 'Some Good News' to CBS All Access.
Krasinski wrote on Twitter: "Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news! Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon!"
Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news! Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon! https://t.co/gB3CSBHwjv
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 22, 2020
Many took to social media to blast Krasinski for selling the format. They say it dampens the purity of the show. They also expressed frustration that it has become commercialised.
Not even the concept, but format and all that . Its super gross
— StephensaysBLACKLIVESMATTER (@StephenTheLessr) May 22, 2020
Highly disappointed that you sold the show. The fact that it was small and thrown together was the appeal. Absolutely lost a viewer, and my opinion of you has fallen a bit 🙁
— Chloe Sparks (@Chloe_J_Sparks) May 22, 2020
Finding out Some Good News #SGN has been sold to be put behind a paywall on #CBSAllaccess is so disheartening. "Yeah, you can have your good news, if you pay us 5.99 a month for it." Way to completely lose the integrity behind it.
— Leah Rantz (@Leah_Rants) May 21, 2020
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 https://t.co/XhVSYEHLt0
— LW (@lindseyweber) 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.
Mmmmm taste that sweet sweet capitalism. https://t.co/BSS4BZTmga
— Honey, I Shrunk Nathan Hartman (@somestuffisaid) May 21, 2020
I mean, this was certainly Good News for the Blunt-Krasinskis. I'm not sure about anyone else.
— Lon Harris (@Lons) May 22, 2020
There were some who came in defense of Krasinski too.
How dare he bring joy to people while also getting paid? Burn him!
— Seth Williams (@sethawilliams79) May 23, 2020
Did you think that a full time actor/director would just keep sitting in his home making YouTube videos instead of going back to work/taking a multi million dollar offer on his IP?
— 5’11” (@Kris_Stull) May 22, 2020