Dr. Drew Is Leaving HLN

By Chris Ariens 

The HLN makeover continues as Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s show, Dr. Drew, will air its final episode on Sept. 22.

“It has been a privilege working at HLN,” Pinsky said in a statement. “My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor.”

HLN executive in charge Ken Jautz said Pinsky and the network “mutually agreed” to end the show.


“Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming,” Jautz said. “Dr. Drew has been an authoritative voice on addiction and on many other topical issues facing America today.”

Pinsky joins Nancy Grace out the door at HLN. Grace announced in June she would be leaving HLN after 11 years. Jane Velez Mitchell, who anchored HLN’s 7 p.m. hour, left the network two years ago. Ashleigh Banfield will be making the move from CNN to HLN next month, taking over the 8 p.m. timeslot being vacated by Grace. The network has also re-imagined its dayside coverage adding Michaela Pereira and Erica Hill.