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D.L. Hughley Breaks the News
Format Television program
Country of origin United States
Location(s) CNN Time Warner Center Studios, New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel CNN
Picture format 1080i
Original run October 25, 2008 – March 28, 2009
External links
Official website

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News was a comedy news show that aired on CNN from October 25, 2008 to March 2009, hosted and head written by comedian D. L. Hughley. On March 9, 2009, CNN announced Hughley would be ending the show due to a desire to work in Los Angeles and be closer to his family. He plans to continue his work with CNN as a Los Angeles-based contributor for the network.

On the show's finale, Hughley did a report about legalizing marijuana. He said that he had a back problem and took the show into his doctor's office to get his prescription refilled, but CNN censored some of the interview.

Criticism and controversy

On his February 28, 2009 show, while discussing the Republican National Committee's attempts to gain popularity with the black community, Hughley expressed an opinion to RNC's Chairman Michael Steele and rapper Chuck D, that some have called controversial. Hughley observed, in reference to the racial composition of the 2008 Republican National Convention, "The tenets of the Republican Party are amazing and they seem warm and welcome. But when I watch it be applied — like you didn’t have to go much further than the Republican National Convention....It literally looked like Nazi Germany. It literally did. I make that point, not only are we not welcome — not only are we not welcome, but they don’t even care what we think. That seems to be the way I see..." Chairman Steele interrupted, "Well I'm here now, and you are right."[1][2] Hughley's comparison was criticized by conservative commentator Andrew C. McCarthy, who called it a "slanderous claim".[3] Steele also received criticism from conservatives for the same episode, both for expressing agreement with Hughley, and for a comment he made earlier on the show, dismissing radio host Rush Limbaugh as "an entertainer", and calling his radio show "incendiary" and "ugly". Conservative Commentator Michelle Malkin wrote that Steele's comments "played right into the Left's hands"[4], while RNC member Ada Fisher, citing his comments, called on Steele to resign.[5]


  1. ^ CNN Video, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News; Video of interview with Hughley, Steele and Chuck D
  2. ^
  3. ^ That Steele Interview on CNN Is Really Bad, Andy McCarth, The Corner, March 3, 2009
  4. ^ A note to Michael Steele,, March 2, 2009
  5. ^ RNC member calls on Steele to quit, Reid Wilson,, March 5, 2009

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