Anchor León Krauze has abruptly exited Univision.
“After thirteen rewarding years, my journey with @Univision Noticias concluded yesterday. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be a part of this exceptional team of journalism professionals. I depart with profound gratitude for my friends and colleagues at Univisión, Los Angeles. Together, we shared unforgettable years, embracing community journalism as a true way of life. I am very grateful for and appreciative of my friends and colleagues at Univisión, Miami, where I experienced significant personal and professional growth. Above all, I want to thank our audience, the millions of Latino familes whom I’ve had the honor of serving throughout these years. My unwavering commitment, past, present, and future, is to journalism that amplifies the voices and illuminates the stories of those who so often go unheard and unseen. That will remain my guiding principle. Until very soon.”
His sudden departure comes on the heels of Univision’s controversial interview with Donald Trump, allegedly arranged by company executives, who were also present during the recording at Mar-a-Lago, according to Semafor, which was cited by the Washington Post.
Insiders say Krauze was critical of how the interview was handled. Many media outlets have have also criticized Univision.
On Tuesday, the same day of Krauze’s exit, The Washington Post reported that Univision canceled Biden campaign ads scheduled to run during its interview with Trump, and also scrapped an intended response by Maca Casado, President Biden team’s Hispanic media director.
The company issued this statement, following Krauze’s unexpected departure.
“TelevisaUnivision expresses our heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding contributions, expertise, and insightful analyses delivered by Leon Krauze throughout his tenure with our news division…at both the national and local levels for over a decade. We extend our best wishes to Leon in all his future professional endeavors.”
Krauze had been anchoring Univision’s late weeknight newscast “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna,” since January 2022, starting out with alongside Patricia Janiot, who left the network eight months later. He most recently anchored the newscast with Maity Interiano.
The Mexican journalist and author previously spent a decade as weekday anchor at Univision’s flagship Los Angeles station KMEX-34. During his tenure there, he also hosted a short-lived English-language talk show on the now defunct Fusion cable network.