Nancy Grace is leaving the legal program “Swift Justice,” reports Broadcasting and Cable.
Grace will be replaced by Judge Jackie Glass when the show returns for its second season. Glass is known for presiding over the O.J. Simpson case that sent him to jail for a 2008 Las Vegas hotel robbery.
The reason for Grace’s exit is said to be due to the show’s production being moved from Atlanta, where Grace and her family are based, to Los Angeles. The successful syndicated courtroom series, which Grace helped create, just wrapped its first year and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in TV’s outstanding courtroom category.
“I am so proud of the work we have done on Swift Justice,” said Grace in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Glass also issued a statement, saying: “I am thrilled to be joining Swift Justice. I’ve always admired Nancy and her inherent sense of justice, and I’m honored to take her spot behind the podium.”
Grace will continue to host her nightly HLN program.