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Maria Bartiromo Signs Off: ‘After 20+ Amazing Years I Will Be Moving on to My Next Chapter’

Maria BartiromoIt was a record finish for Maria Bartiromo at CNBC. On a day the DJIA and S&P 500 hit new heights, Bartiromo said so long to CNBC.

“I won’t give you a long and mushy goodbye especially since I’ve been getting choked up all day,” Bartiromo said at the end of “Closing Bell.” “But I still must extend my love and thank you to many, as this is my last broadcast on CNBC.”

“Thank you to all of the early building blocks, Bob Wright, Tom Rogers, Jack Welch among others. Thank you Mark Hoffman, I wish you and your team success.”

Bartiromo has anchored “Closing Bell” for the last 11 years, but first gained fame as the “Money Honey” while reporting from the floor of the NYSE.

“I have been incredibly privileged to hold this seat the last two decades,” she said. “While I feel like CNBC is one family, my other family is on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.”

Though it hasn’t been officially announced, Bartiromo is moving to Fox Business Network where she will anchor a daily show for FBN as well as a Sunday morning show for Fox News.

Business Insider breaks down the “why” behind Bartiromo’s departure, which was first reported by the Drudge Report on Monday. It came down to three things: money, visibility and opportunity.

Kelly Evans will join Bill Griffeth starting¬†Monday on the 3pm hour of “Closing Bell,” then Evans will go on to anchor the 4pm hour with an ensemble of other CNBC reporters on an interim basis.

Bartiromo’s final “On the Money,” the syndicated show which was known as “Wall Street Journal Report” until CNBC’s deal with WSJ ended, airs this weekend. Becky Quick will take over that show but CNBC will likely work in other hosts as well.

Bartiromo’s full goodbye, after the jump…

Thank you for 20 amazing years on CNBC. I won’t give you a long and mushy goodbye, especially since I’ve been getting choked up all day. But I still must extend my love and thank you to many, as this is my last broadcast on CNBC.

After 20 plus amazing years, I will be moving on to my next chapter. Thank you first to all of our viewers, who have inspired me, with your support, your curiosity, your challenge, love your challenge. and your passion. I hope you will stay in touch with me on Twitter and on Google Plus, until I announce my next stop. And I will be doing that shortly.

Thank you to my colleagues, my dear friends, the producers, directors, the cameramen in the field and in the studio, floor directors, that’s you, Brian, that’s you, Manny. Lighting, audio, editors, tape editors, writers, bookers, segment producers, that’s you, Donna, makeup, pr, hr, everybody who comes to work every day to win.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you. Thanks in particular to the closing bell team, led by Gary and before him Lulu Chang, you have been the team to beat in business news, you will all continue to soar.

I will hold my head up high knowing I was able to work with the best in the business. We broke new ground for generations of investors, from breaking open the morning call 18 years ago, to traveling the world, and chronicling economic stories of the world to welcoming the biggest names in business to this set.

I have been incredibly privileged to hold this seat the last two decades, while I feel like CNBC is one family. My other family is on the floor of the new york stock exchange. Thank you also to the security guards, the traders, specialists, friends, all at the new york stock exchange. They gave me a warm welcome earlier… clapping… I thought trading stopped for a moment.

This has been my home much of the last 20 years, thank you for welcoming me here so many years ago, thank you for the education, thank you for your friendship. It’s been a true joy. Thank you to all of the early building blocks, Bob Wright, Tom Rogers, Jack Welch among others, thank you Mark Hoffman, I wish you and your team success. To all the investors out there, I hope we continue the conversation soon.

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