Carville, Matalin out at CNN



Uptown's most popular power-pundit couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin, are out at CNN, the website FishbowlDC reported this morning. It's one of several changes made by CNN's new president, Jeff Zucker, since he took over the cable network a few weeks ago.

Carville told Politico:

The decision was CNN's, Carville said: "I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington," he said. "I'm not always available, I don't live there."

Carville and Matalin, his wife, live in New Orleans, La. Matalin did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Carville said both respected the network's decision and enjoyed their time as contributors there.

"I'm completely cool with it," he said.

Carville and Matalin, who worked for CNN for more than a decade, moved to New Orleans several years ago and have been very involved in the city's social and philanthropic life since then, most recently as co-chairs of the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee. Carville also told Politico: "I've got enough acts, I'm not out soliciting other TV gigs," he said. "At some level it makes sense for CNN to move in another direction, and it makes sense for me."

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