Outspoken CNBC Anchor Dylan Ratigan Quits
Dylan Ratigan, who hosted the nightly "Fast Money" roundtable and co-hosted the afternoon show "Closing Bell" with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC, has abruptly quit the business network.
CNBC gave no reason for the exit, and Melissa Lee is hosting "Fast Money," which is airing right now on CNBC. Lee will be Ratigan's replacement at least temporarily, the network said.
"Dylan has told us he is leaving effective today," CNBC spokesman Brian Steel said in an e-mail. "We thank him for all his quality work."
Here's Ratigan's spicy take on how the crisis happened. Over the past few months, Ratigan has argued for greater transparency in the government bailout programs.
And here's Ratigan beating up on his colleague, CNBC Silicon Valley reporter Jim Goldman.
His bio and photos were quickly removed from the Web site of the NBC Universal-owned network.
Ratigan's contract expired this week and he has said in the past that his ambition is to host a late-night show, a la Letterman and Conan O'Brien.
Inside the network, Ratigan was known as talented but "a handful," said one source at CNBC, which describes a lot of TV personalities. And some don't even have the "talent" part.
The Ticker met Ratigan when we were both covering Comcast's attempted takeover of Walt Disney in 2004, and found him a pleasant if somewhat loud-voiced fellow with good reporter's instincts.
March 27, 2009; 5:03 PM ET
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