Soledad O'Brien Leaving CNN Morning Show 'Starting Point'

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Our favorite broadcast journalist and Latina contributing writer, Soledad O'Brien, is leaving her post as host of CNN's morning show Starting Point this spring, but will stay with the network as a roving documentary reporter.

O'Brien, who's known for CNN documentaries like Black in America, told the New York Times she's forming her own production company (Starfish Media) and is excited to be a free agent and shop around her programs to other networks.

On Thursday, O'Brien also took to The Wendy Williams Show and said she was looking forward to "doing stuff I like to do, which is hard-hitting journalism."

CNN issued a press release saying it was excited to be "entering into a production and distribution agreement" with O'Brien, who was described as a "critically acclaimed journalist." The release mentioned many of the programs O'Brien had made for the network, but made no reference to her current morning show.

"We did not get a lot of promotion. We did not get a lot of marketing. We weren't fully staffed," O'Brien said about Starting Point. "That's just what happened."

O'Brien doesn't regret the decision and said the deal was a "win-win" for her. "I think it has worked out best for everyone," she said.

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