One of the few bright spots the world has had during these strange isolated times is John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube channel, which is basically the actor and his family goofing around in his home office all for the sake of bringing a smile to everyone’s face.
But that bastion of wholesome goodness has now been completely shattered because John Krasinski has decided to sell Some Good News – and his soul – for a big bag of cash.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, John has sold the rights to Some Good News to giant conglomerate ViacomCBS after what was a “massive bidding war” that netted Krasinski a “rich” licensing deal. In other words, John Krasinski made serious Office-level moolah selling his YouTube show.
What does this mean for us plebs who have been getting through iso by watching Some Good News free on YouTube?
Well it means that Some Good News will now move from YouTube to ViacomCBS’ streaming platforms, meaning new episodes will be put behind a paywall from now on and fewer people will have access to the show. The irony of having to pay for a previously-free show titled Some Good News isn’t lost on us.
But the biggest change will be the face in front of the camera. It is reported that John Krasinski will no longer be the host and will only be involved in a producer role, as well as some kind of “on-air presence.” So in other words, not only will Some Good News no longer be free but the strongest aspect of the show will be gone.
Apparently John was hesitant to sell the serious because he wanted to make Some Good News free on YouTube while also reaching the the biggest audience possible, but it seems like Krasinski changed his mind quickly though no reason was given. Getting a dump truck full of money is a pretty good way to change someone’s mind, just saying.
Look, I certainly can’t fault John Krasinski for jumping at the chance to make a big pile of money, but there’s just something unsavoury about this whole thing. It seems kind of gross that what initially began as a feel-good project to help people through these dark times will now become a corporate product that most people who are struggling financially can’t access.
The thought of John Krasinski taking something so wholesome and profiting off of it during these uncertain times is unseemly to say the least.
Hope you got a good price for Some Good News and your soul, John Krasinski. Can’t blame you for wanting to make bank but just don’t expect me to like what you did.
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