Per Fox News yesterday:

Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year….
Colmes said, “I approached Bill Shine (FNC’s Senior VP of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network. Although it’s bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I’m proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years.”

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Colmes will continue to have a presence on FNC as he will serve as a liberal commentator on a variety of… programming, including’s The Strategy Room and continue hosting his radio program, The Alan Colmes Show on… a division of Fox News Radio. He will also begin developing a weekend program.

Holmes thought with Democrats winning the trifecta, he’d done his job. According to

“It’s a great creative opportunity for me. I feel as though we have a Democratic President, House and Senate; I feel like my work is done,” he tells TVNewser. “I can’t think of a better time to make the transition.”

The New York Times reported Hannity will be going it alone. Too bad. I appreciate that Sean promoted Obama’s opposition to Born Alive during the campaign, but he is a bit of a blowhard and sticks to the same schtick with guest adversaries: “Do you agree… ?” and then finds something wild someone on the other side has said which, of course, the guest won’t disagree with or else appear disloyal.
On the other hand, I agree with this commenter on Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings about Colmes:

Alan Colmes has become nothing but a left wing parrot of talking points lately and his stock rebuttle to anything seems to be “Well, what about when so and so on your side did it.”

Laura Ingraham would make a better solo conservative apologist in that time slot.
I agree that 2 other liberal names floated, Kirsten Powers and Juan Williams, would make good replacements for Colmes.
[HT: proofreader Laura Loo; photo courtesy of the New York Times]

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