Some are not willing to wait and see how this will unfold. The network has already come under fire from certain cable providers and several prominent Current TV staffers have already opted out, though Current TV remains on the air for a few more months. Eliot Spitzer, the politician turned host of Current’s main primetime current affairs show, Viewpoint, announced his resignation this week, stating that his relationship is with Gore and Hyatt, and not with Al Jazeera. (When it launched in 2005, Current’s mission was to provide a television portal to those Americans “who crave the empowerment of the Web,” Gore said at the time.) “Moving forward,” Spitzer said, “their mission will be different.” Two other Current TV hosts — former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom — also announced their resignations following the acquisition.

Time Warner announced the decision to drop Current TV almost immediately after the Al Jazeera sale was made public, but then said it would reconsider airing Al Jazeera America. A Huffington Post/YouGov survey of 1,000 adults published on January 7 found that 41 percent of Americans said they approve of Time Warner’s decision, while 22 percent said they disapprove of having any version of Al Jazeera available in the US the decision to drop Current. The acquisition was also criticized by conservative talk show host and FOX News veteran Glenn Beck, who had attempted to buy Current TV last year but was turned down.

“[Gore] didn’t sell to the highest bidder,” he said of the deal with Al Jazeera. “He looked for, ‘Who do I ideologically align with?’”

But some were quick to dismiss the news as just another day in show business. Asked by Tonight Show host Jay Leno how she felt about working for Osama bin Laden, Joy Behar, comedian and host of Current TV’s Joy Behar Say Anything! responded, “Al Gore, Al Jazeera, Al Pacino. It’s all the same thing to me.”

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Vivian Salama is a freelance journalist who has spent about a decade reporting in the Middle East. Her byline has appeared in dozens of publications, including Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, TIME.com, USA Today and more. Her last study on Al Jazeera — Al Jazeera's (R)Evolution? — appeared in the 2012 book MEDIAting the Arab Uprisings.