Nancy Grace Leaving HLN After 12 Years
On to better things….
Nancy Grace announced she will be leaving HLN after a 12 year tenure when her contract expires in October.
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reports:
Grace, 56, broke the news Thursday morning to her staff of 18 — some of whom have been working with her since the late 1990s, when she got her start co-hosting on Court TV with the late Johnnie Cochran — at the network’s CNN Center headquarters in Atlanta, where Grace shoots the majority of her shows. New York-based staffers learned of her departure simultaneously via video conference call.
A network spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter that a new series — one that will “utilize the expertise of the current team” — will replace Nancy Grace in the 8 p.m. slot following the airing of the final episode on Oct. 13. The decision was a difficult one, according to Grace, who in an emotional interview with THR admits to being “really mixed” about taking a step she’s been “thinking a lot about” for the past three years.
Grace first informed CNN executive vp Ken Jautz, the same man who lured her to the fledgling network, then called CNN Headline News, back in 2005, of her decision in early June. “At the end of my meeting with Ken, I gave him a big hug and he hugged me back. It was like full circle,” Grace says, adding that Jautz is making every effort to “try to relocate everybody” on her staff. “That was a big concern.”
“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on HLN,” says Jautz. “She gave a voice to the voiceless, and we are extremely grateful for her contributions to the network. During her remarkable career at HLN, she led the coverage of two of this century’s most talked about and infamous trials, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. We will always be champions of Nancy’s mission and are excited to see what’s next for her.”
I wish Nancy the best in her future endeavors.