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Brooke Baldwin says her dad’s advice encouraged her to leave ‘really comfortable’ CNN job

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After 13 years at CNN, Brooke Baldwin says she “has to walk away” from the job to be the “bravest version of herself.” 

Baldwin announced her “personal news” in February during her afternoon show that she would be stepping away from news and would be leaving the cable news network in April. 

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment published Tuesday, Brooke revealed that one of the main reasons she would be walking away from her longtime gig was because she was beginning to feel too comfortable. 

“The second you get really, really comfortable somewhere after a long period of time, it’s time to move on,” Baldwin said.  

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Brooke Baldwin will be leaving CNN after 13 years in April.

The 41-year-old anchor recalled her dad saying “being uncomfortable is a great thing” and she has kept those words in mind. She said that although “it’s hard to move on from something so comfortable,” she has “sacrificed” a lot of her social life and “was very alone” for a lot of her younger years. 

“I could understand from the outside why it makes no sense for me to be leaving, but it just — in my gut, I just know it’s right. I just have to go,” she said. 

Baldwin also credited her book “Huddle,” out now, to catapulting her decision. She told Yahoo that the time she has spent with trailblazing women and her different huddles creates a conflict of interest in making bold decisions. “I cannot hold space with them and not be the bravest version of myself,” Baldwin said. 

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As for what she has lined up next, the news personality said she still doesn’t know .

“I’m not (expletive) you, I do not know what I’m doing next, but what I do know is that it is going to be something that will be deep into storytelling,” Baldwin said. “I will have ownership over how I tell the stories, how long I get to tell these stories.”

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