A lot of changes are taking place at CNN following the merger of its parent company, WarnerMedia, with Discovery, but it wasn’t one that many people were expecting.
Christi Paul, who has been a regular on CNN’s weekend morning programs for nearly nine years, is leaving the news agency, it announced on air Sunday morning. Paul has been with CNN and its sister HLN since 2003 and co-hosted “New Day” on Saturday and Sunday mornings alongside Victor Blackwell and, more recently, Boris Sanchez. Her appearance on Sunday on CNN will be her last.
A rotating group of anchors alongside Sanchez are expected to step in on “New Day” for the foreseeable future, according to a CNN spokesman.
CNN declined to comment on where Paul might be going next, but she suggested Sunday that she might have more to say on the matter in the coming days. Among those paying tribute on air or online Sunday morning were Blackwell, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter and Bethany Crudele, a CNN senior producer working on “New Day.”
It’s a bittersweet New Day this morning. Marked today @Christi_Paul‘s last day on our show. She’s been the heart of weekend mornings for years. Tune in when we say goodbye!
— Bethany Crudele (@BCrudeleCNN) June 26, 2022
Paul joined HLN in 2003 and has been a regular anchor during the network’s daytime programming. During her time at CNN, she spoke openly about her experiences of domestic violence and wrote a book on the subject, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, in 2012. Before joining HLN, Paul was a host and consumer reporter and weather forecaster for Arizona stations KNXV and KTVK. Before moving to Phoenix, Christi was an anchor/reporter for KTVB in Boise, Idaho. She began her career as a one-person unit reporting, hosting and photographing at WDTV in Clarksburg, WV.
Among other things, Paul is known for her unique sign-out, in which she urges viewers to “catch some good memories today.”
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/christi-paul-cnn-departure-new-day-weekend-1235303524/ Christi Paul, CNN’s “New Day” weekend anchor, will depart