The Twitter account of CNN Communications decided to get extra petty when responding to programming grievances raised by US actor Kirstie Alley, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump.
Alley, 69, took to Twitter Friday morning and issued a boisterous rebuke of CNN, arguing the outlet’s coverage of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is the reason her “personal friends” are “walking around in SHEER TERROR of contracting COVID.”
“FEAR OF DYING IS THEIR MANTRA! OMG!” Alley added.
Five hours later, CNN Communications tweeted an unexpected clapback against the “Look Who’s Talking Now” actor’s social media rant.
“Kirstie, you are welcome to change the channel – just like countless viewers did every time ‘Veronica’s Closet’ came on TV,” read the outlet’s communications team response, which referenced a late ‘90s sitcom starring Alley as the titular Veronica – the head of a lingerie company based in New York City.
The show was ultimately canned after a timeslot change in its third season brought about a reported 50% decline in viewership and proved the show could not draw viewers reliably on its own. NBC aired Alley’s sitcom after “Seinfeld,” which boasted tens of millions of viewers, in its first season, and after “Frasier” in its sophomore season.
“Meow …if only you paid as much attention to [Democratic presidential challenger] Joe Biden’s alleged corrupt business dealings as a TV show that was rated top ten in 1997….. guess you got that wrong too,” she quipped in a follow-up tweet.
“Chronic FEAR mongering doesn’t help ANYONE physically or mentally,” she said in a separate social media post.
She continued to capitalize off her newfound social media relevancy on Friday with a series of pro-Trump tweets.