ABC was forced to reveal Christiane Amanpour’s departure from "This Week" after New York Times reporter Brian Stelter mistakenly published a tweet to his followers that had been meant as a direct message, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stelter meant to send a direct message to a source via Twitter that read, "I’m hearing that Amanpour is formally out of ‘This Week’ — though only from a single source — are you hearing the same?," the story says.
After he realized he had sent the message to his 97,000 followers, Stelter wrote, "Well, that was embarrassing. That was supposed to be a DM."
His mistake confirmed months of rumors that Amanpour would be leaving the program, and prompted ABC to issue a statement hours later, the story adds.
Amanpour is returning to CNN with an international program and will continue other duties with ABC, as previously reported.