Nancy Grace, who parlayed a stint as a prosecutor into a two-decade career as one of cable’s most recognizable and controversial figures, will depart HLN, her TV home for the past 12 years, when her contract expires in October, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The network plans to replace her with a similar program. Grace, 56, is known as a crime victims’ rights advocate. She led coverage of infamous trials, including Florida’s Casey Anthony and Arizona’s Jodi Arias. Her broadcast after Anthony’s acquittal of charges that she killed her daughter drew 4.57 million viewers in 2011.
Grace plans to continue her work in some form that will involve “a very large digital component.” Grace went to law school and became a prosecutor in Atlanta after the murder of her fiancé when she was 19. Her nightly show regularly highlights abused and murdered women, missing children, negligent mothers and what she perceives to be miscarriages of justice. Her detractors paint her as channeling rage over controversial cases for personal gain, frequently to the detriment of the judicial process. Fans love her dedication to seeking retribution for victims of violent crime and are gripped by disturbing details of the cases she highlights.