CNN commentator Lou Dobbs abruptly signed-off his CNN show last night, telling viewers the program would be his last for the network where he’s worked for 30 years. “I’ll see you next on the radio,” he told viewers. Dobbs says over the past six months he’s been weighing an exit. “Some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving,” he said. CNN president Jonathan Klein agreed to release Dobbs from his contract, which wasn’t set to expire until December 2011.
Dobbs’ CNN exit doesn’t include leaving radio. “Nothing changes in radio-land with Lou,” says United Stations Radio Network EVP of programming Andy Denemark. Dobbs’ populist views and his views on immigration have recently put him at philosophical odds with the network. Dobbs says he’s considering a “number of options and directions.” Rising star and “State of the Union” anchor John King has been named by CNN to replace Dobbs in the 7pm slot.