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The CNN anchor announced her exit from the network last month

By Jodi Guglielmi
March 12, 2021 11:05 AM
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Brooke Baldwin is ready to "high dive" into the next chapter of her life.

The veteran anchor stepped in as guest host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, where she discussed her decision to leave CNN after more than 10 years with the network.

"It's been a long time. It's been a privilege to have this job," she said. "It's kind of like I'm about to do a backflip off the high dive, I'm just hoping there's water in the pool. Wish me luck."

"It was obviously a huge, huge decision," she continued. "I put a lot of thought into it, but here's what I didn't put a lot of thought into: what I'm actually going to do next."

Baldwin joked about a few potential next gigs, including joining the WNBA, starting a food truck, cross-country hiking and more — but none of them seemed to be quite the right fit.

"I actually honestly don't know what I'm going to do," she said. "Wish me luck on my next chapter."

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Baldwin, 41, announced her unexpected exit from CNN last month during her show, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin.

"For a decade, I've never taken for granted the enormous responsibility and privilege I've had to work with some of the most talented producers and photojournalists out there as we covered our era's most urgent and important stories," she said on-air.

"Conflicts, terrorism, environmental and natural disasters, the wrath of gun violence, human interest stories and royal weddings, my American Woman series, social justice movements that define our culture and a pandemic that changed the world … and politics. Lots of politics," she continued.

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During her time at the network, Baldwin has reported from across the globe, participated in CNN's annual New Year's Eve coverage and won several awards.

She will remain in her anchor chair at CNN until mid-April. After her departure, Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell will anchor CNN's afternoon Newsroom coverage.