I prayed and TV commentator Hakan lost his job, says Turkish cleric

Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, a popular preacher from the İsmailağa order of Naqshbandi Sufis, said popular TV commentator and journalist Ahmet Hakan was let go by Kanal D, where he became a household name hosting a prime time show for years, a day after a supplication he made in the Islamic holy city of Mecca.

‘’While on Umrah (a non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage by Muslims to Mecca and Media) there were certain people whom we remitted to Allah. And the next day we found out that Ahmet Hakan parted ways with Kanal D,’’ Ünlü said.

Hakan had recently poked fun at Ünlü for his book of supplications which included a section on sexual virility and impotency.

Hakan’s departure from the TV station follows a series of resignations and reshuffling following the sale of Doğan Media Group - which included newspapers Hürriyet, Posta and Fanatik and TV channels Kanal D -  to the pro-government Demirören Holding earlier this year.

The new owners apparently plan to replace the news team at Kanal D, which had been part of Doğan, with a small group of newsmakers from the pro-government Show TV, owned by a third media company.