James Carville, Mary Matalin Leaving CNN

by | January 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM | Cable News, TV News

James Carville and Mary Matalin (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are reportedly out at CNN, as a day of sweeping changes at the cable news network have been announced.

Carville confirmed Tuesday to Politico that he and Matalin are leaving CNN, adding that it was the network’s decision.

“I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington,” said Carville, who lives in New Orleans with his wife. “I’m not always available, I don’t live there.”

The pair, known for being polar opposites on the political spectrum, have been contributors at CNN for more than a decade, where they served as co-hosts of “Crossfire” until 2005 before shifting into roles as news analysts.

Carville added that he has enjoyed his time at CNN, and that both he and Matalin respect CNN’s decision.

“I’m completely cool with it,” he told Politico.

Tuesday morning, it was announced that ABC News’ Chris Cuomo is leaving the network to join CNN, where he’s expected to host a morning program along with Erin Burnett, according to Deadline. He follows fellow ABC journalist Jake Tapper, who also recently exited ABC News for a gig at CNN.

In the wake of CNN’s overhaul, implemented by new CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, CNN executive Mark Whitaker announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the network.