Lou Dobbs Exits CNN

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CNN anchor Lou Dobbs -- one of the network's first hires in 1980 -- is leaving the channel, he said on his program Nov. 11. He said his departure was effective immediately, and that Wednesday's Lou Dobbs Tonight was his last.

Dobbs said he is "considering a number of different options" for where he will end up, but wants to continue to advocate for issues he thinks are important.

He added that business leaders and others "have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving."

Dobbs had come under fire this year for giving so-called "birthers," people that believe President Obama is not a U.S. citizen, a largely friendly platform to present their views.He has also been a vocal critic of illegal immigration.

Those opinions have sometimes clashed with CNN's straight-down-the-middle programming philosophy.

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