We did not see this one coming!
Nancy Grace has been a controversial figure in cable news broadcasting for over a decade — but after 12 years on her TV home HLN, the iconic anchor is moving on to greener pastures!
The 56-year-old announced to The Hollywood Reporter that she would be leaving the CNN-owned network when her contract expires in October!
Grace broke the news on Thursday morning to her long time staff, and admitted she was “really mixed” about the difficult decision she’s been “thinking a lot about” over the past three years.
According to a network spokesperson, Nancy Grace will be replaced with a new series that utilizes “the expertise of the current team” in the 8 p.m. slot after the final episode on October 13.
As for the OG, Grace says that while she’s not ready to walk away from TV just yet, her next steps will involve “a very large digital component.” She explained:
“I will always be wedded to a traditional platform ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ which is TV, God help me. My plan is to merge those two in an effective way, in my voice, the ‘anti-crime’ voice. Our show has never really been about me. It has been about the stories that we tell and the people we talk about and the mysteries we try to solve and the children we try to bring home. There’s an entire section of our population that I want to reach.”
CNN executive VP Ken Jautz, who was the first to know about Grace’s decision back in early June, said the former prosecutor will be missed at the network.
“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on HLN. 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.”
Aside from continuing to be a leading voice for “victim’s rights,” Grace’s next novel Murder in the Courthouse will hit stores on October 11 — right before her HLN departure.
Whatever she does next, we have a feeling NG and her opinions ain’t going anywhere!
[Image via HLN.]