Former Head of Turner Broadcasting Jamie Kellner Passes Away

RIP Jamie Kellner.

Jamie Kellner passed away at the age of 77 on Friday, June 21. The news was first reported by Variety.

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For wrestling fans, Kellner is best known as the man who ultimately decided to cancel WCW when he took over the Head of Turner Broadcast, succeeding Ted Turner in 2000. Kellner canceled the TV contracts of WCW programming as the company continued to lose money and AOL Time Warner wanted to move in a different direction.

Outside of wrestling, Kellner is credited for helping launch and turn a profit for Fox and The WB. Kellner was at the helm when "The Simpsons,” “Married… With Children,” “Cops,” “In Living Color” and “21 Jump Street” premiered on Fox and when Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” “7th Heaven” premiered on The WB. Kellner also launched Fox Kids during his time at the network.

Fightful sends condolences to the family and friends of Kellner.

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