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Nancy Grace is departing the syndicated legal show Swift Justice after one season.
Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass, who presided over the case that sent O.J. Simpson to jail for his role in an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel in 2008, will replace her as host for Season 2.
Grace said she’s leaving the show partly due to the fact that production is relocating from Atlanta to Los Angeles and also to spend more time with her family.
“Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production’s relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job — mother to John David and Lucy back home. I will miss the California sunshine for now, but I will be back soon,” she said.
Swift Justice, distributed by CBS Television Distribution, was nominated for an Emmy for best legal/courtroom program in its first season. It debuted as the No. 1 new syndicated show of the season and is averaging 2.3 million viewers for the May sweep-to-date.
Said executive producer John Terenzio: “Swift Justice has had an incredible freshman year, and we’re thrilled to have been nominated for an Emmy earlier this month. I want to thank Nancy for all her contributions toward making the show a success. We are sad to see her leave, but we respect her decision to do what’s best for her family. At the same time, we’re excited to introduce viewers to another true original Judge Jackie Glass — we are confident our viewers will enthusiastically embrace her.”
Grace also hosts HLN’s weeknight show Nancy Grace, which is based in Atlanta. At the beginning of the year, she signed a new multiyear deal to stay at the network. The show is averaging 583,000 viewers this, according to Nielsen.
Meanwhile, Glass has been a district court judge in Clark County, Nev., since 2003, presiding over criminal and civil cases.
Before she was elected to the judgeship, she spent 18 years as a lawyer in private practice, including 12 years at Wolfson & Glass, a firm she founded with her husband, Steve Wolfson.
Season 2 of Swift Justice premieres in September.
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