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Diane Dimond out at Court TV

Cable channel decides not to renew commentator's contract
/ Source: The Associated Press

The gavel has sounded on Diane Dimond's time at Court TV.

The anchor's contract has run out with cable network, said Patty Caruso, a spokeswoman for Court TV, on Monday. The network isn't renewing and Dimond is leaving to concentrate on her book.

"Dimond is a respected journalist who has been a tremendous asset to Court TV News and was key to the network's successful coverage of the Michael Jackson trial," Caruso said in a statement.

Dimond, whose title was executive investigative editor, will release a book this November chronicling her 12 years covering Michael Jackson, "Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case."

Earlier this month, she dropped a restraining order against a Jackson fan, Bobby Joe Hickman, who Dimond alleged incited people to attack her.

In her 20 years in television, Dimond has also reported for Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and the syndicated program "Hard Copy."