James Carville, Mary Matalin to Leave CNN

Managing editor Mark Whitaker announced his departure, along with the politically polar-opposite husband/wife team

Last Updated: January 29, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

CNN contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Getty ImagesThe politically polar-opposite power couple have been frequent faces on CNN over the last decade, first as co-hosts of the show "Crossfire," which ran until 2005, then as news analysts.

Neither Carville nor Matalin immediately replied to requests from TheWrap for comment.

Also read: Chris Cuomo Leaves '20/20' for CNN

But Carville told Politico's Dylan Byers that the network wanted him and his wife to appear more often on broadcasts.

"I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington," he said. "I'm not always available, I don't live there."

Carville said he would focus on campaign work he was considering in Asia, write another book and contribute on-air at ABC News.

Also read: Managing Editor Mark Whitaker to Leave CNN

The pair part ways with the network the same day managing editor Mark Whitaker stepped down, citing differences with newly named boss Jeff Zucker in their visions for CNN's future.

The network has also been on a hiring spree. Days after it poached Jake Tapper — whose new book on Afghanistan, "The Outpost," has won wide acclaim — from ABC News, CNN announced that it hired fellow ABC anchor Chris Cuomo. The former "20/20" host will anchor a morning news show, CNN said.