Religious scholar Reza Aslan revealed on Friday that he is planning a new series on CNN.
Aslan tweeted at CNN host Jake Tapper that he has "just sold a show to CNN." CNN later confirmed that it is in talks with Aslan, though it did not give further details.
He has since deleted the tweet, but did say,
@TheMattWilstein not yet. Soon
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) July 11, 2014
Aslan is a professor, a pundit and the author of several books about religion. Cable news viewers may remember him from his famous 2013 interview with Fox News. He summarily shut down Fox News' Lauren Greene when she asked, "You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"
"Well, to be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim," Aslan answered.
CNN's president Jeff Zucker, of course, has been re-tooling the network's programming. While it remains to be seen what a CNN program hosted by Aslan might look like, the network has been adding more original series — headlined by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock — to its lineup.
CORRECTION: Morgan Spurlock — not Anthony Spurlock as the article originally stated — has a CNN series.