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04/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dylan Ratigan Leaves CNBC

Dylan Ratigan has left CNBC effective immediately, network spokesperson Brian Steel told TVNewser.

The New York Post's Page Six reported Friday that Ratigan had quit following a dispute with network VP Susan Krakower — though insiders deny to TV Newser that Krakower is responsible for Ratigan's exit:

"It's less about Krakower and more about him," says the source. "He wants to be the next Letterman."

Steel told TVNewser that Ratigan's departure is a mutual decision and said, "Due to the serious economic times in which we live, we made a decision that it would be a distraction for Dylan to host 'Fast Money' today."

Page Six also reported that it heard a tape of Ratigan, recorded last summer, ranting to a producer (suggesting he's been unhappy for some time):

Page Six heard a tape of highly volatile Ratigan, who also co-anchors "The Call" and "Closing Bell," ranting to a producer at a commercial break last summer: "Don't ask me to talk about every [bleep]ing e-mail that comes up on the screen. I'm not going to host a [bleep]ing TV show that consists of reading [bleep]ing e-mails to [bleep]ing traders." He then accuses Krakower of never addressing his concerns in private. "You know what, Susan, I'm in the middle of hosting a show right now, so now is an unwelcome time to hear your voice . . . If you want to pull me off the show, please do," he roars. "[You are] rude and disrespectful. . . . You lie to me routinely."

Compiled by Danny Shea