Channing Dungey, the First Black Exec to Run the Entertainment Division at a Major Network, Has Left ABC

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After yanking Roseanne off the network, it appears ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey is following suit—as the Hollywood Reporter reports she is exiting her post.

“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed,” Dungey said in a statement. “This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges.”

Dungey will be replaced by Karey Burke, who currently serves as the head of programming at ABC’s sister cable network, Freeform.


Bob Iger, Disney’s chief executive officer, took the time to thank Dungey for her contributions to ABC.

“I’m grateful to Channing for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to the success of ABC over the past 14 years,” he said in a statement.

While she’s been at ABC since 2004, Dungey became the first black president of a major broadcast television network when took she assumed the reigns in 2016.

While she was integral to the rise of Shonda Rhimes and the launch of hit shows like The Good Doctor, her tenure had been turbulent as of late. From having to transform Roseanne into The Conners, to the surprising exits of both Black-Ish mastermind Kenya Barris and Rhimes to Netflix.


As Burke assumes her new role, Dungey will remain through a transition period, according to the company’s statement.

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Under her watch Roseanne was brought back on television and the Black-ish Kaepernick episode was shelved. That likely sped up the loss of Barris and then Shonda leaving was another hit.

I guess her leaving is what it is.