'Moneyline' Host Stuart Varney Resigns

Associated Press

After a four-day absence, partly out of anger about a comment by Ted Turner, Stuart Varney quit as co-host of CNN's struggling "Moneyline." No immediate replacement was named for the nightly business show, which Willow Bay co-anchors. Varney, who did not return a telephone call seeking comment, was furious when Turner, CNN's founder, referred to network employees who observed Ash Wednesday as "Jesus freaks," according to a CNN executive who spoke on condition of anonymity. Turner later apologized for his comment. Varney also was reportedly upset that "Moneyline" was becoming more focused on new correspondents, the executive said.

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