Longtime CNN anchor Ali Velshi will be leaving the cable network this Friday, according to TVNewser. Velshi, the network’s chief business correspondent, is ending his role at the network after more than ten years.
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker made the announcement during a staff meeting today, explaining the split was amicable and Velshi is leaving to work on another project that “he couldn’t pass up,” as one network insider phrased it.
Velshi released a statement confirming and commenting on the split:
“It’s been an amazing almost 12 years at CNN. Love it more today than I ever have, and CNN is going to be great under Jeff. I basically grew up here, so it’s sad to leave, but I’ve got a great opportunity to stretch some new muscles and grow something, and it appeals to my entrepreneurial side.”
Velshi also tweeted out earlier today that he is leaving “to start a new adventure.”
Velshi started getting more outspoken and opinionated in the midst of the debate late last year over the fiscal cliff. He repeatedly slammed Congress, especially the Republican-led House, for being unable to make a deal before the U.S. went over the cliff.
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