Carol Costello to leave CNN for new anchor gig at HLN

Carol Costello, the host of "CNN Newsroom," is leaving the network to anchor a new show on HLN.

Costello broke the news on Monday morning at the beginning of her 9 a.m. "Newsroom" stint, explaining that she made the decision to move her life and career to the West Coast for personal reasons.

"Before I thank you for joining me this morning, I would like to share a big life change with you," Costello said. "Friday will be my last day at CNN. I'm not leaving the family though, I'll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN. This is a personal decision and it was extraordinarily difficult; it was like cutting off my left arm."

CNN president Jeff Zucker released a statement expressing his "infinite gratitude" toward Costello and congratulating her on the new gig.

See photos of Carol Costello:

6 PHOTOS
Carol Costello out and about
See Gallery
Carol Costello out and about
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Reporter Carol Costello moderates the panel at the UN Women USNC L.A. Media Summit in support of #HeForShe at YouTube Space LA at YouTube Space LA on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for YouTube Space LA )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Reporter Carol Costello attends UN Women USNC L.A. Media Summit in support of #HeForShe at YouTube Space LA at YouTube Space LA on May 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for YouTube Space LA )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Carol Costello attends the 2015 Moves Power Forum at Red Door Spa on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Carol Costello attends the 2015 Moves Power Forum at Red Door Spa on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: CNN anchor/corresopondent Carol Costello, CNN anchor/correspondent Erin Burnett and TV personality Joy Behar attend the launch party for CNN's 'Erin Burnett OutFront' at Robert atop the Museum of Arts and Design on September 27, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"During her more than 15 years with us, Carol has been at the forefront of some of the world's most significant stories, including the Boston Bombing, Pop Francis' historic visit, and our coverage of the Iraq war," Zucker's statement read. "She is all heart and grace, and the epitome of a seasoned journalist, making her the perfect fit to join HLN's powerful bench of reporters."

Costello began her career at CNN as an anchor on "CNN Headline News" and was also the host of "CNN Daybreak" before the show was cancelled in November of 2005. She was later part of CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has interviewed three former presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Costello is not the first CNN anchor to make the move out West, as former "Legal View" host Ashleigh Banfield also moved to HLN last August.

Costello concluded the announcement by thanking her viewers and explaining that her husband obtaining a new job at Loyola Marymount University was the biggest contributing factor in her move to Los Angeles.

"Last year my husband snagged a fantastic job in Los Angeles at LMU and I kinda miss him. I don't want to get too emotional, but I will miss you too," Costello said, addressing her viewers. "You have made my job easy because you're so very engaged, you talk to me when you spot me on the street, you yell at me, you hug me and I love that. You fill my social media with your thoughts and you watch, and for that I will be forever grateful."

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.