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Hosts Dan Hughes and Carolyn Gracie depart QVC as parent company announces layoffs


QVC has ended its partnership with longtime program hosts Dan Hughes and Carolyn Gracie.

Hughes and Gracie hosted a handful of segments, including “The Great Outdoors With Dan” and “Sundays With Carolyn & Dan.”

“After 33 years in office, it’s time for me and QVC to part ways,” Hughes said in a Facebook post shared Wednesday. “I say this with nothing less than gratitude to those who have supported me and worked with me over the years.”

“After 19 years I no longer work at QVC. I loved every minute of my time there, especially the chance to get to know ALL of YOU,” Gracie said in her separate Facebook post on Wednesday. “You have been the most cherished part of my job as a QVC host, sharing your friendship with me through good times and bad… through challenges and triumphs.”

As QVC hosts, Hughes and Gracie advertised a plethora of goods, including clothing, patio furniture, and yard decor.

The hosts shared their announcement on the same day that QVC parent company Qurate Retail Inc Wednesday year-end figures 2022.

“2022 has been a challenging year for the company,” Qurate Retail President and Chief Executive David Rawlinson said in the report.

Rawlinson said Qurate “has taken action to strengthen balance sheet, improve execution and aggressively reduce costs.” QVC International’s revenue fell 18% “in the fourth quarter and full year,” according to the report.

Earlier this week Qurate announced “the very difficult decision to eliminate a number of roles” including those that would affect QVC US and HSN.

“(These) impacts affect about 400 of our team members in these groups,” Qurate said in a statement. “These decisions are not easy, but are necessary to realign the way we run the business and increase focus on critical priorities.”

In their respective Facebook posts, Hughes and Gracie said they are both looking forward to new ventures. Hughes wrote that he will “focus entirely on my writing”, spend more time with family and friends, and pick up projects that have been “on the back burner for far too long”.

Gracie said she has more “fun with pets, gardening, camping and more” in store. Both hosts encouraged their fan base to stay in touch and follow them on their non-network Facebook profiles.

“It was a beautiful and long ride. More than I ever expected and as always I am humbled by your kindness,” Hughes wrote.

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