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CNBC's 'Kudlow Report' Bids Adieu on Friday

By Todd Beamon   |   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 10:44 PM

After 25 years of interviews and commentaries on everything from Obamacare to supply-side economics, Larry Kudlow is retiring from full-time work at CNBC Friday — ending his award-winning "The Kudlow Report" and becoming a senior contributor to the cable network.

Kudlow, 66, will contribute to the "Business Day" program on CNBC. The network announced his retirement from the daily prime-time show earlier this month.

A columnist and radio program host, Kudlow is a regular guest on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Undergirded by "The Kudlow Creed" — "We believe that free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity!" — the CNBC show began in January 2009 and offered a mixture of politics and business. It has featured interviews with a wide range of politicians, economists, Wall Street titans, and media personalities.

The program succeeded "Kudlow & Company," which aired from 2005 until October 2008. Before that, starting in 2002, the program was called "Kudlow & Cramer" — with investment guru Jim Cramer as co-host. From 2001 to 2002, the program was called "America Now."

Over the years, Kudlow has hosted such guests as former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and current Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

He also has talked with such business leaders as media mogul Barry Diller and energy investor T. Boone Pickens.

For instance, Thursday's program featured interviews with Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin — and he was joined by Cramer to discuss ways to keep the American economy growing. Cramer now hosts "Mad Money" on CNBC.

"Larry, I miss you," Cramer said, extending his hand. "You were the place for civil discourse, because you are a civil man. We ended every show the same way — and we do it now.

"You're the best," Kudlow responded. "You're the best."

He then turned to camera: "Jim Cramer, my ex-partner — and I miss him."

"This is not the end of Larry Kudlow in the public eye, it's just a new beginning," Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said. A longtime friend of Kudlow, Ruddy added, "Larry will continue to carry the torch for Reaganomics and the free market like no one else as he has for decades."

Ruddy noted that Kudlow played a key role as an adviser to President Ronald Reagan in "unleashing the greatest economic boom the world has ever known."

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The program also included tributes from such guests over the years as NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd, Illinois GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, and wealth-management company CEO Jack Bouroudjian.

Under Reagan, Kudlow served in the Office of Management and Budget. He also worked as chief economist at Bear Stearns on Wall Street, and served as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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