The TV personality will leave the network in October to pursue a new project
After 12 years at cable channel HLN, TV personality Nancy Grace will leave the network at the end of her contract in October.
“This fall, I’ll be leaving HLN, my longtime TV home, with a full heart and endless gratitude,” Grace, 56, said in a statement Thursday, posted by CNN. “The network has been my extended family for nearly a dozen years, and I am proud of the amazing work we’ve produced together.”
“We created an unparalleled platform that gave crime victims a voice and succeeded in helping to find missing people and spotlight unsolved homicides,” she continued. “I will continue my fight for justice across a variety of traditional and new media, where victims’ voices can reach an entirely engaged audience.”
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Grace informed her staff of 18 at CNN Center headquarters in Atlanta while staff in New York heard the news simultaneously through a video conference on Thursday morning. The last episode of Grace s eponymous show will air Oct. 13.
Grace’s plans for the hiatus are still undetermined, but she told THR her next project will involve “a very large digital component.”
“I will always be wedded to a traditional platform – which is TV, God help me,” she said. “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,” she added.
Executive vice president of CNN Ken Jautz also addressed the news in a statement.
“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on HLN,” Jautz said. “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.”