In recent months, several major television networks have shuffled the pack by replacing a number of high-ranking officials. The latest executive move comes from ABC as it has been announced that Channing Dungey will step down as chairman of the ABC Entertainment Group, an ABC report. The Hollywood Reporter he said.
In 2016, Dungey made history by becoming the first black president of the ABC Entertainment Group. She has been on ABC since 2004 and has been called as an integral component to the rise of Shonda Rhimes and the release of hits like The good doctor. Dungey made headlines when she made the decision to fire Roseanne Barr for a next restart of the series Roseanne after Barr made comments that were considered racist, as previously reported by Inquisitr. Dungey then reshaped the reboot, turning it into a spinoff, The Conners, who focused on the beloved American family without his matriarch.
According to a report from the Variety, the news of Dungey's departure did not surprise people close to the TV expert, but caused shockwaves in the company. Dungey's contract with ABC comes to an end early next year and she would be fighting the decision on what to do next.
Dungey will be replaced by Karey Burke, head of programming for Freeform, but will continue to help Burke navigate the transition period.
Channing Dungey leaves ABC; Karey Burke to Take on Entertainment President https://t.co/Uk14dN3BHH pic.twitter.com/jJ91vwirOs
– Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 16, 2018
"I am incredibly proud of what the team and I have achieved over the years and all the significant and impactful programming we have developed," Dungey said in a statement. "This work has been the highlight of my career. Although I have loved every moment and knew that I could call ABC home for many years, I am excited to face new challenges. "
President of the Walt Disney Company and C.E.O. Bob Iger also said, "I am grateful to Channing for his significant contributions and unwavering dedication to ABC's success over the past 14 years. I enjoyed having the opportunity to work with mentor Channing; Your curiosity, passion and creativity will ensure that you succeed in whatever path you choose in the future. "
There have been rumors that Dungey would be leaving the network to join Rhimes and Kenya Barris, creators of the ABC network on Netflix, but those rumors have yet to be confirmed. Both Rhimes, who created programs like Gray's Anatomy and Scandal, and Black ish's Barris left the network after signing big deals with the broadcast giant to create original content.