CNN anchor Christi Paul delivered an emotional goodbye this weekend to viewers and fans alike, announcing she’s leaving her role to prioritize family.
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Paul, who hosts “New Day Weekend,” is departing CNN to head back to Ohio, where she will take a currently undisclosed job.
She said she and her husband started reevaluating their priorities after the pandemic separated them from their families and her husband had a severe case of COVID-19, Mediaite reported.
“It was really bad for about three-and-a-half weeks, and there were moments I thought I was going to be a single mom,” she said. “Especially when I had to take him to the ER.”
Despite loving her job, Paul said everything pointed back to a need to prioritize her children, family, and husband over her career.
“I love this place. I am so grateful, and I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. We’re up between 1:00 and 2:00 every Saturday and Sunday,” she said. “And I just could not be who I needed to be for my family, is what it really came down to.”
The anchor said she was “tired of being tired” and had to make the best choice for her loved ones.
Friends – I’m overwhelmed by your goodness! Thank you to @amandacarpenter @brianstelter @MarkHertling @CedricLeighton & ALL of you who let me invade your morning space the last 9 yrs & for the very generous words you’re sending! I genuinely appreciate each one of you! xoxo https://t.co/4esi9yZTeL— Christi Paul (@Christi_Paul) June 26, 2022
“Nobody else is going to be my kids’ mom,” she said, as she became tearful. “And nobody else is going to be my husband’s wife or my parents’ children, and I need to be fully present there.”
Paul is a Christian who has openly discussed her faith. In fact, she wrote the 2013 book “Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt,” about the abuse she once endured.
“You need to be able to see yourself how God sees you, not in a way that reflects what you have been told,” she once said in a “700 Club” interview.
Pray for Paul as she embarks on her new journey.
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