“After twenty great years of having a front row seat to some of the most important economic stories in the world, it’s hard to sum up the gratitude and appreciation I have for the team that helped make it happen,” Bartiromo said in a statement confirming her exit from CNBC. “I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to accomplish. I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey, and of course the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it.”
In May, word got out she’d signed with Creative Artists Agency and had begun exploring her options in earnest, as her latest five-year deal with CNBC wound to a close; in July, the New York Post reported the anchor, who has embraced the Money Honey nickname, was looking at Fox Business Network and CNN. At Fox Business Network, she’s expected to anchor a daily market-hours program; she’s also going to have some role at Fox News Channel, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. CNBC, in confirming this afternoon that Bartiromo was ending her two decade tenure there, noted her contract expires on November 24.
The move, first reported this afternoon by Matt Drudge, reunites Bartiromo with Roger Ailes, who was running CNBC when she joined; she’s been on-air with CNBC since ’93, anchoring Closing Bell and hosted On the Money With Maria Bartiromo. Before that, she did a stint as a producer, writer, and assignment editor at CNN. In ’95 she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis. Bartiromo has a side career playing herself on the big screen, appearing in features Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Inside Job and Arbitrage among others.