Cable news personality to 'pursue other interests'

NEW YORK — MSNBC’s Rita Cosby, known for her husky delivery and dogged pursuit of celebrity interviews, is ankling the network.

Cosby’s contract was set to expire April 1, but it is not going to be renewed.

“She has decided to pursue other interests,” MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said.

Cosby’s “Rita Cosby Live and Direct” was canceled last summer after the network shifted from original programming to a two-hour “Doc Block” of taped documentaries in primetime.

At the time, Cosby was given an independent staff to pursue investigations for “Rita Cosby Specials Unit,” but her airtime over the past eight months has been limited.

Most recently, Cosby followed the Anna Nicole Smith story to the Bahamas to attend the private funeral for the former model.

Before joining MSNBC, Cosby worked at Fox News, where she rose to prominence for her interviews with Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson and “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz.

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