After 19 years, Leslie Gudel and Comcast SportsNet are parting ways.
The longtime Phillies reporter and anchor announced on Twitter Monday afternoon — barely a day after the end of the season — that she is no longer with CSN.
"For the first time in 19+ yrs, I'm a free agent," Gudel tweeted. "I'm proud of what we built at CSN. Looking forward to a new chapter, whatever that may be."
"We discussed this prior to the season starting, and I'm comfortable with the decision," Gudel said in an interview. She said it wasn't her idea, however.
"I love baseball. I love the Phillies. If I don't end up back at the ballpark covering the team, I'm really going to miss it," Gudel said, who also added she had nothing but respect for CSN and the people who work there.
The news comes months after the sudden departure of her former co-host, Neil Hartman. Together they were two of the original six hosts when Comcast SportsNet launched in Philadelphia in 1997 (Gudel was the city's first female sports anchor).
Hartman was among the first to wish her well on Twitter:
Comcast didn't elaborate on why they took Gudel off the Phillies beat, choosing instead to release a brief statement on Twitter thanking her for her years of contributions.
Gudel, who has launched two separate businesses in the past few years, said she's trying not to dwell on the decision.