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Laura Ingraham leaves radio, for now, as she looks for new deal

November 27, 2012|By James Rainey
  • Syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham will temporarily be leaving the airwaves as she looks to revamp her long-running talk show. (For the record: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect credit on the photo.)
Syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham will temporarily be leaving… (Anthony Loew )

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham has temporarily left the airwaves to “expand and retool” her show and look for a new syndicator.

The host said in a posting on her website Tuesday that she has decided to “move on” after nine years being distributed by the Talk Radio Network, which also features hosts Tammy Bruce, Monica Crowley and Rusty Humphries.

Industry Trade publication Talkers Magazine said there has long been “not-so-secret friction” between Ingraham, also a frequent guest and substitute host on television’s Fox News, and her bosses at the Talk Radio Network.

Ingraham began the announcement about her change with a quip: “After much thought and reflection, I have decided to pursue my first loves -- modern dance and the xylophone. In the highly unlikely event that these efforts do not prove fruitful, I intend to return to radio.”

Turning serious, Ingraham said that she expects her hiatus to be “brief” and that she will continue to deliver commentary in the interim via her lauraingraham.com website and on Fox News.

“I anticipate making an announcement concerning the show in the near future,” Ingraham said.

Tammy Bruce has been listed as a fill-in host on some of Ingraham’s affiliates.

Ingraham blamed Mitt Romney for being “overly cautious and defensive” during the campaign against President Obama, allowing himself to be defined by the Democrats. She has railed against those who have called for the GOP to turn more moderate after the loss. “Now that,” she said, “is depressing.”

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