Grace closes the door on Court TV


NEW YORK -- Controversial attorney/TV host Nancy Grace will leave her daily Court TV show, "Closing Arguments," and the network that launched her TV career.

Grace, a former Georgia prosecutor who was hired by Court TV co-founder Steven Brill to co-host a show with the late Johnnie Cochran, worked for a decade at the channel. Sources said Grace had asked to be let out of her contract with Court TV to focus on her primetime legal show "Nancy Grace" on Headline News as well as charitable work. "Closing Arguments" is a two-hour daily show that runs from 3-5 p.m. ET; "Nancy Grace" runs on sister channel Headline News at 8 p.m.

"After 10 wonderful years at Court TV, I have decided to leave the network to focus on my Headline News program and my charitable endeavors," Grace said in a statement released by Turner Broadcasting System, which owns Court TV and Headline News. "Court TV will always hold a special place in my heart."

Grace through a spokeswoman declined comment. She will continue on "Closing Arguments" through the summer. An exact departure date has yet to be announced.

Court TV said in a statement that she had asked to be let out of her contract and that the channel agreed. Court TV declined to discuss how long she had remaining in her contract.

Grace is the second high-profile Court TV talent to leave the network in recent weeks as Catherine Crier's contract wasn't renewed. There's no word on who will replace Grace and "Closing Arguments."

Grace has been doing two shows a day since Headline News relaunched in 2005.