Reaction to news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was closing after 146 years — from saddened celebrities to elated animal rights advocates — flew as fast as a flying trapeze.
Feld Entertainment, owner of the iconic circus, broke the news to circus employees Saturday night that the show would close permanently in May. The reasons cited for the closure were falling ticket sales, high operating costs, changing public tastes in entertainment — and prolonged battles with animal rights groups.
Some well-known fans took to Twitter to mourn.
Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal wrote on Twitter: "''noooooo pls don't close whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nooooooooo...