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I’m back from a short respite…

Joy Behar is getting her own talk show on Current TV, filling an early evening slot as the network bolsters its lineup of personalities following the departure of Keith Olbermann. Behar had been doing a talk show for CNN’s HLN, but left last year. Although Current has struggled to make its mark, Behar had solid ratings and often generated attention for her interviews, which is easier said than done in the cable universe.

Meanwhile, Dylan Ratigan is leaving MSNBC, posting a statement on his website that he has decided to “join with some of these leaders to experiment and explore new ways to tell their stories.” A web venture? He hinted at a focus on inspirational stories amid the cynicism of politics.

“While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a Presidential election, to me, the timing couldn’t be better.

“In fact, the thrill of an opportunity to expand new systems that cost less and give us more in every part of life is impossible to pass up.  I believe if we are honest about where we are now, honest about where we want to go and honest about how we are going to get there, we may well end up as the hero of our own stories.”