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Love Her or Hate Her, Cable Host Extends Deal Through 2017 NY Post

A cable news channel host who is often a lightning rod for criticism has signed a deal that will keep her on the air at least through 2017. The New York Post reports that HLN signed prime-time fixture Nancy Grace to the extension.

Grace was approached in July by CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who also oversees HLN, about extending her contract, the story says. Zucker tapped Albie Hecht in September to serve as HLN’s general manager.

Grace's outspoken style and hard-line stance on legal cases -- she openly advocates a victims' rights viewpoint -- have made her a frequent target of criticism. She hinted that the show might see some tweaks, however.

“We might change [the show] up a bit, but my goal has [been] and always will be helping to find missing people, especially children, and helping solve homicides and highlight [criminal] cases I think people should know about,” the former prosecutor told the publication.

Addressing rumors that she was about to be let go from HLN, Grace said, “There are always haters out there, especially for a person who’s in a position that I’m lucky enough to be in.”

The show’s year-to-date ratings are up 15% from last year, the piece adds.

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