NBC News and MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt announced she will leave the network on air and move to CNN for a million dollar salary deal.
Hunt, 36, revealed on a Friday edition of Morning Joe that she would be moving to CNN to focus primarily on the company's streaming service.
The move comes as CNN reportedly offered Hunt a salary of between $1million and $1.5million.
An inside source told Variety that CNN beat out NBC in salary offerings to Hunt as part of the company's recent forays into online streaming.
Co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist also gave Hunt a warm send off on the program.
Brzezinski said: "Kasie, you're flying the coop. I'm heartbroken and I'm also really proud of you. Are you going to miss us?"
Hunt had tears in her eyes as she responded: "You're going to make me cry. Yes, this show has been a family for me at NBC."
The veteran reporter first made the announcement of her departure during a broadcast of MSNBC's Way Too Early on Friday morning, calling her parting with the network "a little bit of bittersweet news."
"I really loved spending most of the last year with all of you, seeing pictures of your pets and your babies and learning why you're awake and watching. And, of course, bringing you the news," she added.
She also promised to share "more on my next adventure coming up in the next few weeks" as she thanked her co-hosts on Morning Joe.
"But, for now, I just want to say thank you to everyone at NBC News [and] at MSNBC. Of course, to Mika, for always insisting that you should know your value."
The Capitol Hill reporter took to Twitter after the announcement to thank her colleagues for their work together.
"Thank you so much for all of the good wishes and kind messages today, I’m truly overwhelmed and so grateful, especially to the NBC colleagues I will miss so dearly
"And especially to the amazing Hill team I’ve been in the trenches with for all this time. Respect"
Fellow journalists and fans of Hunt's work flooded social media with praise following the news.
Co-host Joe Scarborough tweeted: "Kasie, we are going to miss you so much. You will always be a member of our family and we will always be cheering you on wherever you go! We have been so lucky to be with you on the MJ team"
Hunt first joined NBC in 2013 with her Sunday evening program, "Kasie DC."
She took over Way Too Early in September, and also made appearances on the programs Meet the Press and NBC News Now.
The journalist has an estimated net worth of $3million, reports indicate.
She reportedly earned a $250,000 annual salary during her time on the NBC network.
Hunt married NBC producer Matt Rivera in 2017 and they have one child together.
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