Jillian Barberie Out at KABC Radio After 5-Plus Years: ‘It’s the Nature of the Business’

Barberie confirmed she was leaving the station Friday

Last Updated: December 6, 2019 @ 11:54 AM

Jillian Barberie is out at KABC Radio in Los Angeles after more than five years on the air, the host confirmed Friday. Barberie has been on the station since February of 2014.

The morning show host wrote Friday morning on her Twitter account that there would be a “big announcement” soon about “changes here that affect a lot of us.”

“Syndication taking over,” she tweeted . “We will tell you who is affected and who isn’t.”

Later, after the news was announced, she wrote, “Thanks for all the kind words!! I’ll miss Phillips and spending mornings with you all!!! It’s the nature of the business. Syndication is cheaper and always a possibility in situations like this. I’m grateful for the past 6 years here with my @KABCRadio fam.”

A representative for KABC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

In 2015, Barberie’s talk show “Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips” was moved from its 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. timeslot to the higher-profile 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. period.

“Jillian and John have achieved demonstrative growth in the middle of the day,” a spokesperson for station owner Cumulus said in a statement issued to TheWrap at the time. “They are a news-of-the-day smashing into pop culture juggernaut. It’s a whole different take that’s very current.”

“Life isn’t about what happens to you. It’s how you handle the shit thrown your way. I have been dealt some crazy cards this past year. (As you have too I’m sure!) I’m doing my best to handle the it all well, and more importantly set an example for my kids,” Barberie concluded Friday.

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