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The network’s decision came the same day CNN scrapped a planned documentary about Clinton after the film’s director bowed out.
Both projects had come under intense criticism from Republicans, who had warned the two networks they would not be able to host 2016 GOP debates if they went forward with the films.
“After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton mini-series,” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill.
But the project had been divisive within the network, where stars of its news division strongly criticized the idea of doing a miniseries on Clinton just as she might be preparing to run for the White House for a second time.
White House correspondent Chuck Todd called the project a “total nightmare” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in August.
“Can already imagine how either Clinton lovers or haters will assume some sort of NBC News involvement. Trust me, we have day jobs,” Todd tweeted at the time.
Republicans had suggested the two films would give Clinton an advantage against Republicans if she ran for the White House.