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    Alan Colmes To Leave "Hannity & Colmes"

    Fox News host Alan Colmes will leave his role as co-host of "Hannity & Colmes" at the end of the year, the network announced Monday.

    Colmes, who has co-hosted the program with Sean Hannity for 12 years, will remain with the network as a liberal commentator and will develop a weekend program, in addition to his radio show.

    "I approached Bill Shine (FNC's Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network," Colmes said. "Although it's bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I'm proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years."

    Hannity added, "Not only has Alan been a remarkable co-host, he's been a great friend which is rare in this industry -- I'll genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner."

    Earlier this year, Colmes debuted his blog, Alan Colmes' LiberalLand.

    Update: The New York Times' Brian Stelter reports that Fox News may make Hannity the sole host of the program, rather than hiring a replacement for Colmes:
    So what will happen to "Hannity & Colmes?" Sean Hannity, the popular conservative commentator, may become the sole host of the program, according to one source close to the network who insisted on anonymity while speaking about private deliberations. Mr. Hannity currently hosts a weekend program, "Hannity's America," that may be used as a template for the weekday program. A Fox News spokeswoman said that no decision had been made.
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    ALAN COLMES TO DEPART TOP RATED HANNITY & COLMES

    FOX News Channel's (FNC) Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year.

    In announcing his decision, Colmes said, "I approached Bill Shine (FNC's Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to 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 (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years."

    Colmes will continue to have a presence on FNC as he will serve as a liberal commentator on a variety of FOX News programming, including Foxnews.com's The Strategy Room and continue hosting his radio program, The Alan Colmes Show on FOX Talk, a division of FOX News Radio. He will also begin developing a weekend program.

    Shine said, "We're very sorry to see Alan reach this decision but we understand his desire to seek other creative challenges in his career. We value his incredible hard work in making Hannity & Colmes the most successful debate program on cable news and we're going to miss him on the show. Thankfully, he will begin developing a weekend pilot for us."
    FOX News Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes added, "Alan is one of the key reasons why FOX News has been such a remarkable success. We're sad to see him leave the program but we look forward to his ongoing contributions to the network."

    Hannity & Colmes is the only FNC program which has remained in the same timeslot for 12 years, catapulting to number one in 2003 and never relinquishing the top spot. The second highest-rated program in cable news behind only The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes averaged 3.3 million viewers nightly for the Nielsen month of October and is poised to mark 60 consecutive months at number one at the end of November.

    Hannity added, "Not only has Alan been a remarkable co-host, he's been a great friend which is rare in this industry -- I'll genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner."

    Throughout his 12 year tenure on Hannity & Colmes, Colmes has interviewed numerous key political figures, including: President Elect Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), DNC Chairman Howard Dean and former Vice President Al Gore.
    FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news. For nearly seven years, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes.

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    maybe he'll go to radio, since he's got a face made for it.
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    I guess Hannity repeatedly "blasting it wide open" was too much for Colmes to take.

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    Since Obama won, shouldn't Hannity be the one to leave?

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    It's a bit much to call Colmes a liberal. I think you could call him slightly left of the Faux Network and call it a day.
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    I guess he can get his dignity and cojones back.

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    I don't know how Colmes dealt with Hannity for as long as he did. Better him than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I don't know how Colmes dealt with Hannity for as long as he did. Better him than me.

    I know, twelve years...I can't get my mind around that, Hannity is one of the few people, like George Bush and Bill O'Reilly, that I can't stand to watch even for a very few seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymeman View Post
    I know, twelve years...I can't get my mind around that, Hannity is one of the few people, like George Bush and Bill O'Reilly, that I can't stand to watch even for a very few seconds.
    It's even worse hearing him live. A few years ago a conservative friend of mine had some free passes to Great Adventure, so I went with her and there was this country music/pro-America/ Republican celebration that Hannity hosted at one of the outdoor auditoriums and she wanted to go to that. Needless to say, I stuck out like a sore thumb, but the music wasn't half bad.

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