Nancy Grace, a former Atlanta prosecutor, hosted her last true crime show on HLN on Thursday, October 12, 2016, ending its 12-year run. The last show included many clips from her most popular segments, including her coverage of the Casey Anthony case. She ended the show by saying, “ it’s not goodbye, it’s just good night friend.” Grace’s interest in law was sparked in college when her fiancée was murdered.
Grace is known for breaking records with her coverage of the Casey Anthony trial, however, she has commented on seeing her cultural relevance fade. Her shows rankings dropped from 18th in 2011 to 45th just this past September. According to reports, Grace’s career with HLN started going downhill when she pointed fingers at wrongdoers who weren’t charged or were later exonerated. Grace became one of the loudest voices condemning the Duke lacrosse player’s accused of rape. She also misidentified Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper. Grace made a comment on her show, which created much controversy. She said, “I’m so glad they didn’t miss a lacrosse game over a little thing like gang rape!’
There is no exact reason as to why Grace’s show has come to an end. Theories are that airwaves have grown too crowded with outrage or that CNN recognized how old-fashioned Grace’s approach to crime has become. Grace’s show will be replaced by a legal show hosted by Ashleigh Banfield.