Long-time Univision anchor quits after Trump interview uproar

After a barrage of criticism over an interview with former President Donald Trump, an anchor for Univision‘s news division announced he is leaving the company.

Though León Krauze did not conduct the sit-down with Trump, which sent the former president’s critics into overdrive, the veteran journalist shared news of his departure just days later.

“After thirteen rewarding years, my journey with @Univision Noticias concluded yesterday. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of this exceptional team of journalism professionals,” Krauze said in a tweeted message Wednesday.

The national news anchor for Univision Noticias who was also an anchor for the company’s Los Angeles station did not give a reason for his departure but the timing raised eyebrows after the outcry on the network and by viewers over the Trump interview.

“The departure comes as TelevisaUnivision has been facing scrutiny in the wake of the Trump interview, with The Washington Post reporting Tuesday that Democrats were alarmed at the tone and tenor of the interview, and angry that ads that the Biden administration had purchased to run during the Trump interview were canceled at the last minute,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.

“The interview was conducted by the veteran journalist Enrique Acevedo, who anchors the Televisa newscast En punto, but who previously worked as a correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes, and moderated a 2016 presidential debate for Univision,” THR reported.

A Republican primary debate in September was co-hosted by TelevisaUnivision.

When asked about Latino voters in the November 10 interview that was criticized for its “softball” questions, Trump praised the company.

“All you have to do is look at the owners of Univision,” he said. “They’re unbelievable entrepreneurial people, and they like me.”

There was no further explanation given by the network for the departure of Krauze though a statement was issued wishing him well.

“TelevisaUnivision expresses our heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding contributions, expertise, and insightful analyses delivered by Leon Krauze throughout his tenure with our news division,” the company said. “We sincerely appreciate his dedicated efforts in empowering and informing Hispanic communities at both the national and local levels for over a decade. We extend our best wishes to Leon in all his future professional endeavors.”

In a message given in Spanish, the former anchor expressed his thanks, saying “I appreciate the countless expressions of support I have received from so many people.”





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