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E! is heading toward another transition. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network will see president Suzanne Kolb depart, per a memo from the exec on Tuesday morning.
Kolb had been with E! for nearly a decade, originally as senior vice president of marketing in 2005, and quickly rose in the ranks. She assumed presidency of the network in early 2013 after the departure of Lisa Berger (now at ABC).
One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end and so must my time at E!
I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. From pop culture defining hits, to best in class entertainment news, to the gold standard for red carpet coverage and the creation of a digital powerhouse, E! is the very definition of a triple (or quadruple) threat. I am also thrilled we just wrapped filming on The Royals as E!’s exciting foray into scripted. I know the future for E! shines bright and I look forward to cheering you on as you reach new heights.
I also know the true exclamation point in E! are the people. As cliche as that might sound, you are truly the greatest team. You push each other to excel, support each other in tough times, and never forget to laugh along the way. I am a better person for knowing you and a better executive for working with you.
I look forward to our paths crossing again soon.
All the best for the future.
Under Kolb’s tenure at E!, the reality-heavy network recently committed to scripted entertainment. First big swing The Royals will enter the schedule next year. The move comes at a time of great transition at the network. E! recently lost late-night flagship personality Chelsea Handler to Netflix, and Joan Rivers‘ sudden death put the future of Fashion Police in doubt — though the network recently confirmed the show would return in 2015 without its former star.
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