CNN anchor Christi Paul announces live release (video)

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“New Day Weekend” anchor Christi Paul announced on air Sunday that she is leaving the network after nearly two decades with CNN and HLN.

Paul, who joined the weekend show in 2014, will join another news station in his home state of Ohio. She promised to announce her new position later this week.

As Paul took her “New Day” seat for the last time, she gave viewers the same explanation she says she gave former CNN president Jeff Zucker in January of this year: that the demands of his exhausting schedule alienated him from his family. . “I love these people, I love this place, I’m so grateful and I’m so tired,” she told her co-presenter Boris Sanchez.

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“I just couldn’t be who I needed to be for my family, that’s what it boiled down to,” she added. “It’s an important job, but at the end of the day someone is going to sit in this seat and I’m going to leave and the show will go on, as it should. No one else will be the mother of my children.

Paul’s dispatch included a reel of highlights from his stories over the years, such as the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash, the Orlando shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the pandemic.

She also received goodbye messages from Sanchez and her former co-host Victor Blackwell, who thanked her “for some very fond memories.”

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Finally, Paul said goodbye with a message for his CNN colleagues.

“I know things are so divisive right now,” she said. “The people in these buildings – in DC, in New York, here in Atlanta, all over the world – are some of the smartest, kindest, most thoughtful and talented people on the planet, and I am so grateful to learn from you and you know… This has been the ride of my life, and I wish you all the best.

Her last words echoed her signature: “Go make good memories,” she said. “I want to say that.”

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