Tonight in a surprise turn Lou Dobbs gave his last CNN broadcast. He cited a desired to expand his career and said that CNN President Jonathan Klein has released him from his contract. Dobbs has been with Central News Network since it’s beginning in 1980, when he anchored “Moneyline.”
Although he was a top financial reporter for many years, Dobbs has most recently been known for his opinionated program which showcased a controversial view of illegal immigration. His advocacy to combat illegal immigration has resulted in much backlash and support. Dobbs says his next career move will be announced soon.
CNN will also be announcing his replacement soon. I’m putting bets on Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Kate Gosselin, Levi Johnson, or Perez Hilton.
Read the transcript and watch the video of Lou Dobbs’ sign off broadcast below:
Transcript of statement:
Tonight, I want to turn to a personal note if I may and address a matter that has raised some curiosity.
This will be my last broadcast here on CNN, where I have worked for most of the past 30 years and where I have many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.
I’m the last of the original anchors here on CNN, and I’m proud to have had the privilege of helping to build the world’s first news network. I am grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over these many years, I’ve tried to reciprocate with the full measure of my ability and my energy.
Over the past six months, it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us. And some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving, as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day. And to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.
I’ve talked extensively with Jonathan Klein; Jon’s the president of CNN, and as a result of those talks, Jon and I have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.
At this point, I’m considering a number of options and directions and I assure you I will let you know when I set my course.
I truly believe that the major issues of our time include the growth of our middle class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But each of those issues is in my opinion informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C. I believe these to be profoundly critically important issues and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.
Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion. I’ll be working diligently to change that as best I can. And, as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation.
It’s been my great honor to work with each and every person at this wonderful network. I will be eternally grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and to all of my colleagues and friends and, of course, to you at home. I thank you and may God bless you.
The news continues for the rest of this hour. I’ll be back right after the break.