Fox News senior correspondent Rick Leventhal leaving network

Fox News senior correspondent Rick Leventhal leaving network
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Rick Leventhal, a senior correspondent for Fox News, is leaving the cable channel, the organization confirmed Thursday.

The move comes after Leventhal relocated to Los Angeles to be with his wife, Kelly Dodd, a cast member of the Bravo reality show “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

“When Rick came to us and asked to cease reporting breaking news nationally and remain in Los Angeles where we relocated him at his request in 2020, we understood and respected his decision to spend more time with his wife building a new life in California,” Fox News said in a statement about Leventhal.

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Leventhal will be with the network until the end of the month, The Wrap reported. The news comes two days after news broke that Dodd will not rejoin “Real Housewives of Orange County” for its next season.

Leventhal had worked for Fox News since 1997, according to the Fox News website.

He was one of the initial reporters to report from ground zero on 9/11. He also covered the Iraq War, the War on Terror in Afghanistan, hurricanes, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Sandy Hook massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing.

“We wish him much luck and happiness in all of his future endeavors, and thank him for his incredible contributions to FOX News Media over the last 24 years,” Fox said.

Here's the full statement from Fox News Media: 

“Rick Leventhal’s work as a senior correspondent for FOX News Channel has been remarkable— from being one of the first reporters at the scene on 9/11, to covering the Iraq War, the War on Terror in Afghanistan, decades of major hurricanes, the death of Osama bin Laden, the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, and a prisoner manhunt at Dannemora — he delivered vivid and powerful journalism that became a signature part of the network’s history. When Rick came to us and asked to cease reporting breaking news nationally and remain in Los Angeles where we relocated him at his request in 2020, we understood and respected his decision to spend more time with his wife building a new life in California. We wish him much luck and happiness in all of his future endeavors and thank him for his incredible contributions to FOX News Media over the last 24 years.”