Nancy Grace, one of cable’s most prominent on-air commentators, is leaving HLN after 12 years with the cable network, EW can confirm.
After hosting her eponymous current events show for more than a decade on the basic cable channel, the 56-year old will leave the program when her contract expires in October. Grace reportedly broke the news to her 18-strong staff at HLN’s CNN Center headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, early Thursday morning. A new, original program is set to replace Nancy Grace in its currently-held 8 p.m. timeslot.
Grace, a former law student, went on to become a prosecutor in Atlanta following the murder of her fiancé when she was just 19 years old. She began a hosting gig on Court TV’s Closing Arguments in 1996 before landing at HLN in 2005.
The final episode of Nancy Grace is set to air Oct. 13 on HLN.
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news of Grace’s departure.
SOURCE: EW – Joey Nolfi