Weatherman Dave Price Announces Friday as Last Day on Early Show

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Following his ouster as Early Show weatherman earlier this month, Dave Price announced Friday morning that he's leaving CBS News altogether.

"Today is my last day at CBS News,” Price said. “I’ve had my dream job at The Early Show for eight years and deeply appreciate the outpouring of affection from so many viewers and colleagues. While sorry to leave, I’m eager and very excited about the next phase of my career.”

Said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus in a statement, "Dave has performed with creativity and passion on The Early Show and contributed to CBS News on all our platforms and for many programs. He has proven himself a gifted broadcaster. We respect his desire to pursue something new and thank him for his many years of service."

The net had said it would try to find different roles for Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Price after announcing they would be  replaced by Chris Wragge, Erica Hill and Marysol Castro.

Price told The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 2 that the network's decision to shuffle it's third-place rated morning show was "jarring."

Any time you get news like this it's jarring. It's part of the business. It's a cruel businesses," he said. "But we love it anyway. And so its throws you back a bit, maybe even more than a bit."

"Don't cry for me," added Price, who has been on the show since 2003. "I'll be fine. I've had my dream job for eight years."

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