March 30, 2009 11:38 AM
God, I felt like I got hit with a bolt of lightning when I read in many published reports today that Dylan Ratigan, who was the host of CNBC’s highly acclaimed “Fast Money,” reportedly left the network last Friday.
His contract expires tomorrow, but from all accounts he has his cap set on a bigger spot, namely a role at ABC News. Ratigan, who worked for CNBC for five years, also co-hosted “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo, a veteran at the financial news network.
With the financial crisis growing, viewers need the passion and common sense that Ratigan delivers as he tries to make sense of this global economic mess for the layman.
Oddly enough, so far, CNBC has made absolutely no mention of his departure, even though he didn’t show up for duty Friday, and had been out earlier the week before with the flu.
So what’s the next platform for Ratigan? Some TV critics see him having his own late evening or early morning broadcast network show.
But could this just be a contract negotiation ploy on the part of CNBC?
Whatever, I miss the P.T. Barnum of TV financial news. May he return somewhere and soon.