Chelsea Clinton announced Friday (August 29) that she would be leaving her position as a special correspondent on NBC News.
In a post
written on Facebook, she cites the reason for her departure was "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation" and the impending birth of her first child.
She took the job back in 2011, and was making $600,000
. Her stories, while seldom airing, focused primarily on the work of others doing work for charity. Initially, she was hired to work with Brian Williams on his now cancelled "Rock Center" news magazine.
Clinton said in the announcement on Facebook that she is "grateful NBC gave me the opportunity to continue this important legacy" and she is "profoundly grateful to NBC viewers who responded to the stories I shared" and that "it’s been a privilege to be part of the NBC Family."
The last line reads "while my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future."
NBC's response came in a statement from Alex Wallace, senior vice president of NBC News, who said, “while she will be missed, we look forward to working with her in the future.”
The departure has left people wondering if it's related to her mother Hillary Clinton's potential run for president in 2016. NBC was careful to try and avoid conflict with Hillary's recent book tour, but this news has definitely cleared a roadblock for a presidential campaign.
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