NEW YORK — The ragin’ Cajun is back.
A year after his abrupt departure from CNN, Democratic strategist and cable-news fixture James Carville has landed a new gig as a contributor at Fox News, the network announced Thursday.
“James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News. “We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.”
Carville, a Louisiana native who rose to prominence as a key player in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, spent 11 years at CNN before he parted ways with the network in a major shake-up in early 2013, just days after the arrival of its new president, Jeff Zucker. (Carville’s wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, also left at the same time, as did conservative pundit Erick Erickson.)
As a partisan liberal, Carville will be in the minority at the right-leaning Fox News, whose contributors include columnist George Will, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, strategist Karl Rove and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. But Carville’s not the first ex-CNN personality to wind up at the network: Last year Howard Kurtz, the columnist and host of “Reliable Sources,” left CNN to launch a similarly themed program, “Media Buzz,” on Fox.
“America’s Newsroom” co-host Bill Hemmer also landed at Fox News in 2005 after a decade at CNN.