Why James Carville And Mary Matalin Are Leaving CNN…

When it was first announced that husband and wife political odd couple James Carville and Mary Matalin were leaving CNN, all speculation indicated that new president Jeff Zucker was pushing them out to make room for new blood at the network. But according to Carville, there may have been a more logistical reason for their departure.

Appearing this morning from their hometown of New Orleans ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl on CBS This Morning, Carville told host Norah O’Donnell “what CNN said was they wanted contributors to be there on set.” Finishing her husband’s sentence, Matalin chimed in, “which makes sense.”

“It makes total sense,” Carville continued. “It’s a good strategy, but it’s a strategy we can’t fulfill.” For years, the pair has regularly appeared on CNN remotely from New Orleans, but now apparently the new management is insisting that contributors appear from CNN’s sets in New York and Washington.

Charlie Rose, no doubt sensing the duo’s reluctance to discuss the issue said “tell them to bring the set to New Orleans,” before changing to subject to Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming memoir.

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