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Nancy Grace Trolls HLN Viewers by Replacing Robin Meade on ‘Morning Express': ‘Ding Dong, The Witch is Gone!’ (Video)

The HLN host shocked viewers by announcing she was replacing Robin Meade

HLN and Nancy Grace gave Robin Meade fans a heart attack on Tuesday morning when the legal anchor announced she was taking over as the new “Morning Express” host.

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HLN began their April Fool’s assault by sending out a phony press release with the headline: “BOMBSHELL: Nancy Grace takes on mornings!”

“Nancy Grace is taking on mornings!” the press release breathlessly read. “We’d like to officially welcome Nancy to the “Morning Express” team as the show’s new host!”

The 7 a.m. ET hour of the program opened with Grace apparently taking over hosting duties.

“Ding dong the witch is gone!” Grace quipped. “I’m in, Robin Meade, bye bye!”

“I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning because guess what i found in her stash,” she continued. “Why does any single person need three bottles of — what is this — barbecue sauce? What’s that all about? She’s got about 10 quarts of Purell, and she’s got about 20 cans of Sprite Zero. Why?”

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She then summoned a production assistant to take away all of Meade’s belongings.

“Clean this out!” she exclaimed. “Come here! Don’t just stand there, take all this away. Robin Meade is gone!”

Grace then went on to read the morning news for 10 minutes, leaving HLN’s morning show audience in stunned suspense as they wondered whether she was really taking over as new morning show host.

Meade eventually returned to the set, but not before confused viewers tweeted about what was going on.

Watch Grace’s April Fool’s joke below: