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Josh Elliott leaves CBS News amid controversy

"CBS and Josh Elliott are parting ways. Josh will no longer be reporting for CBS News," the network said.

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Annie Martin
Josh Elliott walks the runway in the From Scotland with Love charity fashion show on April 8, 2013. File Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock
Josh Elliott walks the runway in the From Scotland with Love charity fashion show on April 8, 2013. File Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock

Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Josh Elliott is out at CBS News after less than a year with the network.

CBS confirmed in a statement Monday that the 45-year-old television journalist will no longer anchor its digital news service, CBSN.

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"CBS News and Josh Elliott are parting ways. Josh will no longer be reporting for CBS News," a spokesperson said. "We are grateful for his contributions over the last year, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Elliott had joined CBSN as its lead anchor in March 2016. He announced Friday that it was his "last day" with the online station, with sources reporting he was stepping down to take a larger role at CBS.

CBS News later confirmed Elliott would indeed be taking more "field assignments," but Page Six reported the journalist was fired Monday. He was allegedly let go for announcing his departure prematurely, blindsiding his bosses and network executives.

"This is a mess of epic proportions," an insider said. "Nobody at the top at CBS news knew that Josh was going to do that."

"Josh announced his departure without warning. Executives at CBS were stunned," the source added. "They totally bungled their own announcement. There was no communication."

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Elliott previously worked for ESPN, and served as an anchor on Good Morning America before leaving ABC for NBC.

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