Kayleigh McEnany, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, has left CNN.
On Saturday morning, McEnany announced on Twitter that she “will be moving to a new role.” She also updated her bio to note that she is a “former CNN commentator.”
McEnany didn’t indicate a reason why she was leaving CNN, though sources familiar with the situation say she asked to leave the network for another opportunity.
Hired by CNN as one of about a dozen conservative commentators to offer a pro-Trump opinion during panel discussions on various shows, McEnany hasn’t appeared on camera at the network in about a month. She is working on a new book analyzing the populist movement that sprang up around the campaigns of Trump and Bernie Sanders
While I have enjoyed my time at CNN, I will be moving to a new role. Stay tuned next week!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 5, 2017
CNN declined to comment about McEnany’s departure.
Back in July, McEnany defended President Trump after he tweeted out a gif showing him punching and body-slamming an opponent meant to represent CNN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
“It was just a joke,” McEnany said. “I think it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek, satirical video. Nothing serious.”
McEnany was also forced to apologize after wrongly claiming President Barack Obama played golf after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was murdered by terrorists. Obama was still just a state senator in Illinois when Pearl was captured and killed in 2002.
In a profile in the New York Times, CNN CEO Jeffrey Zucker described his group of pro-Trump panelists as “characters in a drama,” with the intention of hitting a viral nerve or making a memorable appearance that can be debated over and over again throughout the day.
“Everybody says, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you have Jeffrey Lord or Kayleigh McEnany’ — but you know what?” Zucker proudly asked Times reporter Jonathan Mahler. “They know who Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany are.”
Conservative commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, whom CNN also hired as a pro-Trump pundit during the 2016 campaign, said in an interview back in May that she thinks they played an important role in Hillary Clinton’s loss
“It did feel like we were on Survivor: CNN Edition,” Hughes said. “While we knew we were going to villains, while we knew we were going to be demonized, [the Democrats] could never get their narrative completely going without having to deal with us.”