Less than two years after becoming the first black person to lead a major network, Channing Dungey has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment Group.
The news comes five months after Channing pulled the plug on “Roseanne” in response to Roseanne Barr‘s racist statements about Valerie Jarrett.
Channing will be replaced by Freeform head of originals Karey Burke, who has been promoted to president of ABC Entertainment Group.
In a statement, Channing Dungey said:
I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed.
This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges. The toughest thing about this choice is leaving all the immensely talented people I’ve grown to admire and care for, from Bob Iger, the best leader and mentor that anyone could have; to my peers and colleagues; to my talented team, who I will miss enormously.
But knowing that Karey is taking over, a person that I like and respect so deeply, makes passing the baton a lot easier. I know that, together, under Peter [Rice] and Dana’s leadership, they are going to achieve great things and I will be rooting for their success.
The scoop on the street is Channing may be headed over to Netflix to join forces with Shonda Rhimes, which would be absolutely epic!
Whatever is next for Channing – I wish her the very best.