Finally…

The Hollywood Reporter’s Seth Abramovitch writes that Nancy Grace is leaving HLN.

Nancy Grace, who parlayed her stint as a successful prosecutor into a two-decade career as one of cable’s most recognizable and controversial figures, will depart HLN, her TV home for the past 12 years, when her current contract expires in October.

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.

I can’t possibly understate how much I have waited for the opportunity to do a blog post on this subject. HLN is a wasteland now – completely unrecognizable from when Grace started – but that show has been a blight on cable news for wayyyy too long. Good riddance.

Note to Abramovitch:

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.

“Fledgling network”? In 2005? Headline News had been on the air for 23 years by 2005! Fledgling network my ass…

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