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Exec had been with cable net for nine years

Lisa Berger is out as president of entertainment programming at E!

Exec has been at the reality cabler for nine years and was responsible for a handful of programs, including the many iterations of the Kardashian empire and “Chelsea Lately.”

It’s unclear if Berger was leaving for personal or professional reasons. In her statement, Berger said would be reappearing in the workforce in the near future.

Berger was one of the finalists for the top job as president of E! a few years ago, but the post went to Suzanne Kolb.

On Berger’s exit, Kolb said: “Lisa’s talent and creative vision have been invaluable to the success of E! over the past nine years. Her passion and commitment to her work and her team are unparalleled, and she will be dearly missed. I look forward to celebrating her many future accomplishments.”

E!, which has been under Bonnie Hammer’s auspices since the NBCUniversal-Comcast merger, has long focused on celeb-based reality fare and is highly profitable because of the low costs of its programming. The cable net has begun to shift, however, to include more scripted fare.

There have been no series greenlights for a while at E!, as the network looks closely at its next steps. The cabler, however, looks poised to get plenty of additional mileage from the ongoing Kardashian saga following the recent announcement that Kim Kardashian is pregnant.

Berger joined E! as senior VP of programming in 2003. Previously, she was exec VP of creative affairs for Fox TV Studios.

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