Nancy Grace Leaving HLN “With Full Heart” After 12 Years

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock (5528058bp) Nancy Grace Hallmark Channel party at the Winter TCA Tour, Los Angeles, America - 08 Jan 2016

UPDATED: Prosecutor-turned-pundit Nancy Grace, who has weighed in on some of the country’s most controversial legal cases, is leaving her primetime gig at HLN when her contract ends in October, Deadline has confirmed.

Grace informed her staff this morning via a video conference call. “This fall, I’ll be leaving HLN, my longtime TV home, with a full heart and endless gratitude,” Grace said in a statement. “The network has been my extended family for nearly a dozen years, and I am proud of the amazing work we’ve produced together.” She went on to say, “We created an unparalleled platform that gave crime victims a voice and succeeded in helping to find missing people and spotlight unsolved homicides. I will continue my fight for justice across a variety of traditional and new media, where victims’ voices can reach an entirely engaged audience.”

Grace’s outspoken style has brought her both praise and criticism, coming from what she has described as a “victims’ rights” standpoint. She has been the host of Nancy Grace, a nightly celebrity news and current affairs program on HLN since 2005. She also previously was the host of Court TV’s Closing Arguments. An author, Grace also co-wrote the book Objection!: How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System.

CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz announced Grace’s departure in an internal note to staff.

Today, Nancy is announcing that she has decided to leave HLN this fall.

Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on HLN. She gave a voice to the voiceless and we are extremely grateful for her contributions to the network. During her remarkable career at HLN, she led the coverage of two of this century’s most talked about and infamous trials, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias.

We will always be champions of Nancy’s mission and are excited to see what’s next for her.

Please join me in extending a heartfelt thanks to Nancy.

– Ken

Dominic Patten contributed to this story.

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