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Hilary Out at Comedy Central

6/03/2004 10:51 AM Eastern

In the first executive shakeup since Doug Herzog was named president of Comedy Central, longtime executive vice president and general manager Bill Hilary will leave the network at the end of the summer to purse other interests.

Hilary -- who joined Comedy in 2000 and oversees all of its programming, marketing and online functions -- said he’s yielding the creative direction of the channel to Herzog, adding that there are no ill feelings between the two executives.

Hilary will remain in his position through August.

“You can’t have two creative heads in the company,” Hilary said. “We get along incredibly well, and this is very amicable. It's my decision, and it’s not at all hostile.”

Under Hilary’s watch, the network developed several of its current hit shows, including Chappelle's Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Crank Yankers and Reno 911!. Hilary oversaw the network’s first original movie, Porn and Chicken, in 2002.

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