CNN host Brooke Baldwin announces hiatus, says it’s ‘not my choice’

CNN host Brooke Baldwin said in an Instagram post on Friday that she will be off the air leading up to the November election after a decade with the network. And it seems she’s not leaving on her own accord.

In the Instagram post, Baldwin recounted her start at CNN 10 years ago and announced that she would be going on hiatus, Mediaite reported.

“Oct 1, 2020: It was on this day TEN YEARS AGO when I first started anchoring my own show on CNN (technically it wasn’t *my* show that very first day…but little did I know, after an unexpected chain of events, those two hours would become mine),” Baldwin wrote.

Off the air

Baldwin told her audience that working at the network was “a dream of mine” and said she “cherished” her time with viewers “this past decade.”

“I’ve laughed and cried with you,” the host reminisced, as Mediaite reported. “I’ve rung in many a New Year with you. I’ve been sick with you. I have GROWN with you.”

The veteran anchor went on to express gratitude to her audience. “Sitting in that seat live on CNN every afternoon has been and still is an absolute privilege,” she wrote.

“I’m a marker of major moments and this day matters to me every year — and I owe you all a massive THANK YOU,” Baldwin added. “Thank you for tuning in. Thank you for finding me here on [Instagram]. Thank you for caring.”

“Not my choice”

Baldwin explained that CNN’s Jake Tapper would be taking over her time slot while “the election gears up,” as well as continuing to host his own program.

The Georgia native also expressed a desire to remain on the air and promised that she would return “on the flip side of the election.”

“In the meantime, you know where to find me,” she concluded in her Instagram post. “Oh, and you see my necklace?” she said, referring to a golden “B” that hung around her neck in the Instagram photo. “Don’t forget to vote.”

Although Baldwin did not explain a reason for her departure in her original Instagram post, she revealed in a response to a comment on the post that the decision was not voluntary.

When an Instagram user asked, “Why are you taking so many weeks off at such an important time?” Baldwin responded that the decision was “not my choice,” according to Fox News.

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