Yesterday, MPR announced that after a 9-year run, the station was cutting ties with The Current midday DJ Barb Abney.
The news seemed to catch everybody off guard, including Abney herself, who was on the air for her usual 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift yesterday and played a prominent role in The Current's 10th anniversary celebrations just last weekend:
Replacing Abney is Jade Tittle, who has been working at The Current as an assistant producer and fill-in host.
I loved my job. If you need to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org— Barb Abney (@BarbAbney) January 27, 2015
Tittle herself acknowledged it'll be tough replacing Abney:
As word of Abney's departure spread, many speculated about MPR's surprising decision to let her go. Was the decision financially motivated? Performance related? A combo platter?
What a surreal 24-hours. Big shoes to fill starting at 10am.— jade tittle (@jadeisthename) January 28, 2015
This morning, Fox 9 reached out to MPR spokesperson Jen Keavy to see if she could shed some more light on the reasons for Abney's departure, but Keavy sent us the same statement that was floating around yesterday.
"This change was a programming decision made by The Current's management. At this time, we don't expect additional changes," the statement says. "We are sad to see Barb go and we sincerely thank her for her contributions to and passion for The Current. At the same time, we're excited for what we know Jade will bring to her new role as midday host."
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