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CNN weekend host Christi Paul tearfully announces she’s left the network to move to Ohio

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Chipper CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul wiped away tears on Sunday when she announced she was quitting the cable news network because she was “tired of being tired” and plans to return to her home state of Ohio to live a simpler life.

“I’m part of the Great Surrender,” she said on the weekend broadcast.

She talked about the grueling past two years, starting with her husband hospitalized with Covid-19.

“It was really bad for about three and a half weeks and there were times when I thought I was going to be a single mom. Especially when I had to take him to the emergency room,” she said.

Originally from Bellevue, Ohio, Paul said her decision came after not being able to see her parents for a year, coupled with a weekend anchor’s demanding schedule that meant she had to work at 1am on Saturdays and Sundays. had to work.

“At one point my husband and I looked at each other and said, ‘What are we doing? We have to go home,” she said.

Christie Paul, CNN’s weekend anchor, sadly said she has a burnout and is leaving CNN to move to her native Ohio with her family

Christi Paul, 53, right, interviews Garth Brooks on the evolution of the country star's music

Christi Paul, 53, right, interviews Garth Brooks on the evolution of the country star’s music

Christi Paul, left, prescribes a lap around the track with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick

Christi Paul, left, prescribes a lap around the track with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick

Christi Paul, who covered the 2016 presidential election, speaks with President Joe Biden

Christi Paul, who covered the 2016 presidential election, speaks with President Joe Biden

She said she made the decision in January to return to Buckeye state, where she will take on a broadcast. Paul said she would announce her new job next week.

“I’m going home to Ohio. I’ll be in the air,” she said.

She said the grind of life in Atlanta and anchoring the weekend agency had weighed down her family so much that she had to choose between the two.

“I love these people, I love this place,” she said of CNN and her colleagues. ‘And I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. I just couldn’t be who I should be to my family. I’m tired of being tired.’

A former beauty pageant contestant who placed third for Miss Ohio in 1993, she worked in Phoenix, Arizona and Boise, Idaho before joining CNN.

Christi Paul, 53, seen here on the far left with her three daughters and husband, said she is joining the ranks of the Great Resignation and leaving CNN

Christi Paul, 53, seen here on the far left with her three daughters and husband, said she is joining the ranks of the Great Resignation and leaving CNN

Christi Paul, far left at the graduation ceremony of one of her three daughters, worried she was not present for her family

Christi Paul, far left at the graduation ceremony of one of her three daughters, worried she was not present for her family

Paul, who is originally from Belleville, Ohio, is pictured with her husband and three daughters

Paul, who is originally from Belleville, Ohio, is pictured with her husband and three daughters

She was previously married to another reporter in West Virginia, but the marriage broke up when she said he was getting violent.

Paul wrote a book about the abused in 2012 called ‘Love should not hurt’.

Her deep Christian faith helped her survive the relationship, she said. She also recorded two songs “Wake Up In It” and “Free” in Nashville that carry the themes she wrote about in the book.

Now she has remarried with three daughters.

Paul’s departure comes at a time when the cable news network is undergoing a massive shift in its culture after Jeff Zucker was impeached for failing to disclose an extramarital affair with a subordinate and ethical questions surrounding the channel’s coverage of the Andrew Cuomo scandal. on sexual harassment .

The network’s new head, Chris Licht, has said he will roll back the partisan rancor that CNN has come to define and tone down broadcasting in general.

Paul said she tendered her resignation in January, before Zucker left.

She emphasized her burnout on Instagram.

“I think we’re all exhausted from feeling judged,” she wrote. “I also think we have the power to change that. – love, CP’ she posted.

She said she realized she was expendable on CNN’s weekend news, but she was not expendable as a mother, wife and daughter to her family.

“Eventually someone will sit in this chair and I’ll leave and the show will go on as it should,” she said, then her voice broke. “But no one else will be the mother of my children. And no one else becomes my husband’s wife or my parents’ children and I have to be fully, fully present there. And it’s been hard.’

She thanks her colleagues and the network for her nine years on the air.

“This has been the ride of my life,” she said.

Her last words were her signature sign she’s been saying at the cable station for nearly a decade.

“Go make good memories,” she said. ‘I mean it.’

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