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This was actually reported weeks ago but I was hoping to get an interview with Nancy Grace so I could provide something truly fresh. Unfortunately, she has been so wrapped up in the Casey Anthony case, the CNN publicist hasn’t been able to track her down for me. So this is what I know:

Grace’s freshman syndicated show “Swift Justice With Nancy Grace” will no longer be starring Nancy Grace.

The program, shot this past year in Atlanta at Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Midtown, will move to Los Angeles and be led by a new host: Jackie Glass, a judge in the Clarke County District Court in Las Vegas. Glass oversaw the 2008 O.J. Simpson case in 2008.

So what happened? The official story is that CBS Television, which produces the show for syndication, wanted to move the show to Los Angeles for financial reasons. A spokesman wrote to me that it’s cheaper to produce the show in Los Angeles than in Atlanta. Grace, who is tied to the East Coast, supposedly couldn’t deal with the distance so she dropped the show.  The spin makes it sound like a mutual decision.

But it makes no logical sense. First of all, I’m told it’s seldom cheaper to shoot a show in Los Angeles because Atlanta has better tax incentives. That’s why so many shows are leaving Los Angeles for places like New Orleans, Vancouver and Atlanta. We are now one of the top 5 states in terms of TV production.

And “Swift Justice With Nancy Grace,” which airs locally at 2 p.m. on Fox affiliate WAGA-TV, was by far the most popular new syndicated program of the 2010-11 season. It nearly doubled the second most popular newcomer this past May, “Nate Berkus” with a 1.7 rating vs. 0.9 for Berkus. Among judge shows, Grace’s 1.7 matched “Judge Alex” and beat “Divorce Court” and “Judge Mathis.” (”Judge Judy is by far the most popular judge show with a whopping 6.7 rating in May.) “Swift Justice” ratings actually increased from September to May, by 21 percent, according to Nielsen numbers.

No production company in their right mind would drop a person hosting a show that broke out of the gate so big – unless something else is going on. So what is really going on? I have no idea! I will certainly write something about this if I get any insight.

[UPDATE: June 28, 2011, 5:21 p.m.: Someone reminded me that there is a possible reason why this happened. Patricia Caruso in March sued Grace in the Supreme Court in New York for $15 million over breach of contract. Caruso alleges she and Grace had agreed that Caruso would be the executive producer of the show but last year, when the show was announced, Caruso was not included. This legal complication could be a very logical reason why Grace and CBS parted ways. In fact, GPB was told the show was moving a mere days after the lawsuit was filed and I hear Grace was not pleased. The lawsuit is the likely reason Grace is not exactly jumping to talk about this situation to the media.]

For now, Grace has her night-time job at HLN firmly in hand. Her 25-54 ratings since the Casey Anthony trial began have been regularly eclipsing MSNBC and CNN. She even beat Fox News last Friday when she drew 494,000 25-54 year old viewers vs. 375,000 for Bill O’Reilly on Fox. (He still drew more overall viewers: 1.97 million to 1.69 million.)

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

113 comments Add your comment

Gunsmoke

June 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

Namcy Grace is tiresome.

chris

June 29th, 2011
8:06 am

She is the epitome of awful TV.

America

June 29th, 2011
8:06 am

Our nation is sick of Nancy Grace and her cheesy tabloid journalism!

bhorsoft

June 29th, 2011
8:12 am

Might it also be that Ms. Graceless is doing her Casey Anthony schtick on ABC’s Good Morning America? I’m sure CBS wouldn’t be happy about that.

Painful truth

June 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Nancy Grace is a mean hateful spiteful woman and We are collectively better of without her brand of “journalism”

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 29th, 2011
8:18 am

I have seen Nancy Grace morphe over the years into an abrasive boor. No thanks, on Nancy Grace. I’ll pass on any thing she touches.

Yawn

June 29th, 2011
8:19 am

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Yawn

June 29th, 2011
8:21 am

Really covering this, come on Rodney. Her old audience does not read your column, they can’t read.

Tyler

June 29th, 2011
8:25 am

I’m all for anything that keeps that Come Up Next Tuesday off of TV.

Mini me

June 29th, 2011
8:25 am

I think Ms. Grace’s does her best work with the HLN’s Nancy Grace Show. She has so much passion for seeking justice “for the least of them.” Speaking of Little Caylee Anthony, Is it me or have I been seeing too many Caylee Anthony pictures? For some reason, little Caylee is starting to remind me of a (mini me) version of Stacy Peterson. Maybe the Georgia heat has finally hit me !

Viewers

June 29th, 2011
8:30 am

Dont worry Nancy the haters have to hate. People always dis a powerful WOMAN.
Justice for victims. Thats all.
The viewers are with You.

JEWELL ROLLEN

June 29th, 2011
8:31 am

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE FIRST 9 COMMENTS! NANCY DISGRACE IS RUDE, LOUD, OBNOXIOUS AND ALWAYS TALKS OVER HER GUESTS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY DISAGREE WITH HER! WE ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT HER!

Producer

June 29th, 2011
8:37 am

Glad to see that witch gone. She’s responsible for that woman’s suicide a few years ago. Good riddance to her disgusting self.

Barry M

June 29th, 2011
8:39 am

I agree, Nancy Grace is definately a hateful and spiteful woman. Totally nasty and classless, that we can very well do without her spewing into our homes on a daily basis.
A total burn-out. The whole HLN programming which at one time was respective has now
become raunchy with Nancy Grace leading the pack. More and more people are talking about how distasteful she and her show have become. She has no respect for ANYONE.

Mini me

June 29th, 2011
8:39 am

Can someone pass me some sweet tea, please !

elnuestros

June 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Yeah, Nancy and NeNe. It’s mind-boggling what some people consider “powerful” women.

blkshepherd

June 29th, 2011
8:45 am

Nancy Grace got CANNED..And then the Sun came out..Its SWIFT JUSTICE they GOT rid of that Witch of the West. That cow was Rude, self indulgent, messy. Loud. smart mouth and a BORE. again..Its Swift JUSTICE that we dont have to look at this over paid cow full of herself. hmmm Swift SWEET Justice

rob

June 29th, 2011
8:45 am

Good, Now i can go back to parking my car in her nostrils during the day!

Lachacha

June 29th, 2011
8:47 am

Nancy Grace is a disgrace to the State of Georgia, all women of substance and to the legal profession itself.

In the 90’s, as a state prosecuter, she was admonished repeatedly by the Georgia Supreme Court for misconduct. She was directly responsible for the suicide of Melinda Duckett in 2006. She never apologized to the Duke lacrosse team for repeatedly calling them rapists and she lied about details of her fiance’s murder to enhance her career.

And those pantsuits…

Gracie

June 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Its time to retire. Her ego has gotten the best of her and now is the time to say to say goodbye

Info Man

June 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Did you know Grace is a Macon ative and a graduate of Mercer Law School in Macon?

My Two Cents

June 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Nancy Grace – another example of the dumbing down of America!

Pebblebeach

June 29th, 2011
9:01 am

WOW…they really don’t like Nancy, well, I don’t know her personally, she simply bored me so I stopped watching her a while ago and totally ignored Swift Justice….

Ted Striker

June 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Good riddance. She’s mean-spirited and unprofessional.

Mike

June 29th, 2011
9:15 am

There was an episode of “Boston Legal” featuring their parody character, Gracie Jane. She’s on the phone with her agent, screaming “it’s sweeps week, find me a missing kid!”

She’s the new Geraldo Rivera. Without, thankfully, the mustache.

ATL Law Student

June 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Nancy Grace is a disgrace (no pun intended). When she was an “attorney” she got an expert witness to knowingly fake testimony in order to seek the death penalty for a defendant in a murder trial. She is a terrible lawyer, annoying, and she looks like a piglet. She should be disbarred, and should have been prosecuted for attempted murder for knowingly falsifying expert testimony in order to seek the death penalty.

B5

June 29th, 2011
9:26 am

Nancy Grace is awesome! I’m SO glad her HLN show is doing so well and I’m not surprised at all. She tells it like it is, and she was a fantastic attorney. Her record speaks for itself.

Name (required)

June 29th, 2011
9:28 am

Hey taters…..why don’t you give up on your godawful TV shows and focus on raising the twins?

old newspaper gal

June 29th, 2011
9:31 am

Please don’t call Nancy a “journalist.” She is a lawyer and former prosecutor who has found her spotlight dishing tabloid fodder for ratings. More power to her for making a buck while she can, but a journalist she’s not.

Rick B

June 29th, 2011
9:32 am

Nancy Grace got her TV start thanks to Geraldo who used to put her on his nightly OJ Simpson Trial watch back in 1994/1995. I cannot stand the over-bearing, nostril-flaring, bug-eyed staring, woman myself. And what’s with this “Tot Mom” crap? Makes Casey Anthony sound like some cutesy little “mother of the year” for Pete’s sake.

dagadawgs

June 29th, 2011
9:38 am

rob

June 29th, 2011
8:45 am
Good, Now i can go back to parking my car in her nostrils during the day!

Best line ever!

Huh?! Who?!

June 29th, 2011
9:46 am

I never even knew she had another show beside the one on CNN at night. I don’t watch that one either. I don’t dislike her for any particular reason, I just don’t like the tabloid style of “news”.

RxDawg

June 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Normaly I hate to see someone fail. But this couldn’t of happend to a better show. I didn’t see much of this show, but what little I did disgusted me… and it takes quite a bit to disgust me. She played off of people’s fears and I’m glad she’s gone. Now there is one less person I have to worry about yelling at me from the TV.

Jeff

June 29th, 2011
9:56 am

She is just the worst of a long line of horrible TV “personalities” that try to pass themselves off as journalists. HLN is really People Magazine news. This is what you get for abandoning the traditional media for bloggers and niche news. The dumbing down continues unabated…

Donna Lynn Jenkins Outlaw

June 29th, 2011
10:03 am

I watched it once and she was beyond boring. I watched her on CourTV only to hear about certain cases and was always shocked at how she could be so snotty towards people who were later found to be innocent and she offered no apology. Example – The man who was returned from Thailand to have his DNA tested in the Jon Benet Ramsey case. She went on and on about how he got to eat SHRIMP and was wearing nice clothes when he exited the plane. Then when his DNA didn’t match, no comment. It’s a prime example of a non-caring personality and for a former prosecutor who was sanctioned several times, she’s not a good example herself.

Kar

June 29th, 2011
10:03 am

Just get her off the air. Please. There’s something unhinged in her eyes.

CAGS in GA

June 29th, 2011
10:04 am

Jackie Glass is a native of Savannah, and she graduated with a journalism degree from UGA. Before attending lawschool, she was a reporter and journalist in Las Vegas. I am really looking forward to seeing how she fills this roll. She was very no nonsense in college, which trait was also was displayed in the OJ trial. She definitely has the creds to do this job.

spaceman109

June 29th, 2011
10:04 am

i still remember how she had implicitly convicted john mark karr for murdering jon-benet ramsay (sp?). she was practically frothing at the mouth while she aggressively and brutally questioned his motives for claiming he had something to do with her death. when his claims turned out to be false, she was shocked and devastated. she is the typical host of a trashy show who totally fails to do her homework before making accusations.

LydiasDad

June 29th, 2011
10:19 am

Actually, I know the real Nancy Grace and she’s a friendly, unassuming, unpretentious woman. You would never know it was her. She foregoes all the makeup and clothes, and the in-your-face attitude is far away. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde routine that designed for TV and ratings. Very nice, normal, Christian woman in real life.

old school

June 29th, 2011
10:20 am

you people only see the prosecuting side of nancy. in reality she is one of the nicest and friendliest people in the world. i can say this because i have gotten to know nancy in other than court or television. keep fooling them nancy those of us who know you know how you really are

dtanner

June 29th, 2011
10:22 am

hate this bitch,get her ugly azz off the air

Prez Obozo

June 29th, 2011
10:27 am

I wish they would end ALL of these silly & mindless day time court room shows!

Drago

June 29th, 2011
10:39 am

Grace has mastered the art of fake sincerity. When that doesn’t work, she brings out the fake rage. When I see her on the tube, I change it. Tired act.

Squimish Flounder

June 29th, 2011
10:40 am

I can’t stand Nancy Grace. Good riddance!

ElephantWhip

June 29th, 2011
10:41 am

LydiasDad and old school:

You do realize that you are essentially admitting she is two-faced for the $$$? I could understand putting on a game face as a prosecutor, but now she’s selling it for ratings. Not to mention, she was reprimanded by the Supreme Court of Georgia for lacking any ethics.

Renee

June 29th, 2011
10:45 am

Nacy Grace always seems to talk before she knows ALL the FACTS!!! Like it was mentioned earlier about the Lacross team, that she blamed over, and over again publicly for raping this young women. When they really got to digging for the facts and it was found out that this women lied about the entire thing. Nacy should have come back and apologize over, and over publicly; which she did not. This made her look like a fool and a hypocrite. How can you get on t.v. every night to call out people for the wrong that they do, but when it comes to you and you are wrong you can not be a women and apoplogize? Nacy just moved on to the next story as if nothing ever happen, that was wrong, unfair, unjust.

BobDawg

June 29th, 2011
10:51 am

I still laugh when she was talking to the Duluth Runaway’s bride parents and how she said “We think she is beautymous” also when describing the daughter who turned out to be a Flake….

J. J.

June 29th, 2011
10:54 am

Why must Grace yell and interrupt people so much… SHE IS A RUDE PERSON AND LACKS A SPARK OF CLASS.
But, obviously that sells in America….Sad society…..

Bobby

June 29th, 2011
10:58 am

Nancy Grace is simply a very hateful and mean spirited person.

MeaneyMouse

June 29th, 2011
11:00 am

HEYYYYY YOU DANGED WOODCHUCKS!! QUIT CHUCKING MY WOOD /(* . . *)\