Chelsea Clinton Exits NBC News

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Chelsea Clinton's time at NBC News has officially ended. 

Clinton made her debut on the network in December 2011 as a special correspondent. She appeared on the since-canceled Rock Center With Brian Williams and other programming. In recent months, however, the network was criticized over her reported substantial salary at the news division. 

In June, a Politico report, citing unnamed sources, stated that Clinton's salary was $600,000 annually. Following the item, an Associated Press article noted that the former first daughter hadn't appeared on the network since January. 

An NBC News spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that Clinton's last appearance on the network was Aug. 1. 

Clinton issued a statement to People on Friday, saying that her departure could be attributed to her continued focus on her work at the Clinton Foundation and "as [husband Marc Mezvinsky] and I look forward to welcoming our first child." Clinton posted a longer note on Facebook elaborating on the decision. 

"It’s been a privilege to be part of the NBC Family," Clinton wrote. "I admire the work and dedication that their reporters, producers, crews, editors and studio teams deliver every day, particularly as I personally experienced through the stewardship of Brian Williams at Nightly News and Rock Center."

NBC News referred THR to the statement in the People report by the network's senior vp Alex Wallace.

“We are thankful for all of Chelsea’s contributions to NBC News over the past 3 years," Wallace stated. "Chelsea’s storytelling inspired people across the country and showcased the real power we have as individuals to make a difference in our communities. While she will be missed, we look forward to working with her in the future.”

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