Well, we knew it was just a matter of time didn’t we?
From the day Brian Ross was handed a month-long suspension by the bosses at ABC News, the clock was ticking on the time he had left.
Page Six broke the news and it quickly spread like wildfire.
After 24 years and that month-long suspension without pay for a botched story, Ross is leaving the network, and taking his longtime producer, Rhonda Schwartz, with him.
“We leave with enormous gratitude for all those who supported us and helped build the industry’s most robust and honored investigative unit,” they wrote. “It is a point of great pride to see the soaring careers of so many of the talented and dedicated people who worked with us in producing hundreds of ground-breaking investigative reports that empowered the disenfranchised, exposed corruption and helped make our society a better place.”
“While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.”
Back in December, ABC News suspended Ross for a month without pay, and demoted him, over his botched report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, in which he reported that Flynn would testify that President Donald Trump ordered him to contact the Russians about foreign policy before Trump was elected.
The report triggered a furious Twitter attack from Mr. Trump and quickly led to an ABC News retraction, apology and punishment for its longtime Chief Investigative Correspondent.
Ross recently resurfaced, but not at ABC News HQ in Columbus Circle.
His new office was at Lincoln Square Productions, an ABC programming unit blocks away from the news department and a world away from Ross’ former stature.
ABC News president James Goldston sent the pair off with a laurel and hearty handshake while hustling them toward the door.
“Over the years they have built a team of the best investigative journalists in our industry, and they leave behind an outstanding group that will continue to break stories for many years to come … We wish them well in their next chapter.”