Larry Kudlow‘s 7 PM ET CNBC program, The Kudlow Report will end its run at the end of this month, with Kudlow staying on as a senior contributor to the business network’s business-day programs. No word yet as to a replacement program. Kudlow, who has been a part of CNBC for its 25-year history, had headlined The Kudlow Report since January of ’09, after hosting Kudlow & Company from ’05 to 0’8., and partnering with Jim Cramer in Kudlow & Cramer before that. “In my career, I have encountered few television hosts with Larry’s range,” CNBC president Mark Hoffman said in a memo to staff, a copy of which was obtained by TVNewser. “As an interviewer, he is unfailingly polite and energetic, skillfully grilling guests but always ending a segment graciously. Larry has always brought great enthusiasm to every program and appearance.”
Kudlow raised some eyebrows in January when he nominated Fox News co-founder and CEO Roger Ailes to be part of CNBC’s First 25 list of people who have had the” greatest influence, sparked the biggest challenges and created the most disruptions in business over the past quarter century.” CNBC was compiling the CNBC First 25 to celebrate its own 25th anniversary (Ailes ran CNBC in the early 1990s). “Mr. Ailes has broken the dominance of the mainstream media which always tilts left,” Kudlow said back then. “He is also unapologetic whenever he ruffles anybody’s feathers.” Last November, CNBC’s Maria “Money Honey” Bartiromo announced at the end of her contract she was leaving CNBC, she migrated to Fox Business Network, also helmed by Ailes.