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Rene Syler to Depart ‘The Early Show’ This Month

Dec 4, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Rene Syler will leave “The Early Show” at the end of the year to pursue other media opportunities. Her last on-air appearance is scheduled to be Dec. 22.

There was no word on whether Ms. Syler will be replaced after the announcement was made Monday afternoon, but this development gives CBS News a chance to pare down the 4-year-old, four-person “Early” ensemble that is the largest on any network morning show with co-anchors Harry Smith, Hannah Storm and weatherman/bon vivant Dave Price.

CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus has said he would turn his attention to third-ranked “Early Show” after he got “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” launched.

“As Rene moves to the next phase of her life, we sincerely thank her for her many contributions to CBS News and look forward to her future successes,” Mr. McManus said.

Ms. Syler, who came to New York from the CBS-owned station in Dallas when “Early Show” relaunched in 2002, has written “A Good Enough Mother,” which is expected to be published in March 2007.

“I’ve had an extraordinary run here at ‘The Early Show,'” Ms. Syler said. “I’ve been able to make a difference in millions of women’s lives by talking about everything from breast cancer awareness to hormone replacement therapy to diet do’s and don’ts. I’ve had the opportunity to trace my ancestral roots, go to space camp with my son and swim with whales in Florida. I’ve even been able to teach Bobby Flay a thing or two about tacos.

“I’m now on to the next chapter in my life … literally. My book will be published in March, and I’ll be off on a book tour across the U.S., where I very much look forward to meeting in person all the people I’ve woken up with for the last four years.”