Oh kids, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but…..
From The New York Times:
“Hannity & Colmes” will soon be without “Colmes.”
Alan Colmes, the longtime liberal half of the Fox News Channel prime time program, will leave the show at the end of the year, the network announced Monday.
While the network remained quiet about its plans for the political debate program, two people close to the network said that Sean Hannity, 46, Mr. Colmes’s conservative counterpart for the last 12 years, would become the sole host of the hour. The people requested anonymity while speaking about private deliberations.
Mr. Colmes’s departure, coming as a Democrat prepares to take over the White House, is a sharp change to the prime-time lineup of Fox News, a subsidiary of the News Corporation.
You betcha it’s a sharp change! It will probably take less than 6 months for Faux News viewers to realize Alan is gone!
Mr. Colmes will remain at the network as a commentator and will develop a possible weekend program. He will also continue to host his 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. radio show, “The Alan Colmes Show.”
“It’s been a great twelve years,” read the headline on Mr. Colmes’ Web site.
In a statement, Mr. Colmes said that he approached Bill Shine, the network’s senior vice president of programming, earlier in the year and said he wanted to move on and “develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network.”
“Although it’s bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I’m proud that both Sean and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years,” he said.
“Hannity & Colmes” is the longest-running prime time program on the Fox News Channel. It debuted along with the network in 1996.
Hannity & Colmes routinely ranks as the No. 2 program on cable news behind “The O’Reilly Factor,” which precedes it at 8 p.m. Boosted by the presidential election, the program averaged 3.3 million viewers in October.
Mr. Hannity signed a new contract with Fox News last month.
Kids, try to get your grief under control.
From The Celebrity Cafe:
The recent presidential and congressional election seemed to be a deciding factor in Colmes’s decision to leave his post. “We have a Democratic House, Senate and president,” Colmes said in an interview. “My work is done.”
Oh, thank you, Alan, for convincing all those Faux News viewers to vote Democratic! We owe everything to you!
“Alan is one of the key reasons why Fox News has been such a remarkable success,” said FNC chairman-chief exec Roger Ailes in a statement. “We’re sad to see him leave the program but we look forward to his ongoing contributions to the network,” Ailes added.
“Not only has Alan been a remarkable co-host, he’s been a great friend, which is rare in this industry,” said Sean Hannity. “I’ll genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner.”
Here’s a clip of Hannity “debating” with Colmes: