María Celeste Arrarás Is Leaving 'Al Rojo Vivo' and Telemundo
María Celeste Arrarás shocked many fans on Wednesday when she announced she is leaving Al Rojo Vivo and the Telemundo network. The renowned Puerto Rican journalist, 59, shared the news on Instagram. "Dear friends, it is with profound sadness that I want to inform you that yesterday was my last day at Al Rojo Vivo and the Telemundo screen," she wrote.
"This morning I was informed by the company that they have decided for the show to take a new direction and due to adjustments made during the pandemic, I will no longer be part of the show," the Emmy winner continued.
In recent months, Arrarás had been hosting the show from her home studio due to the coronavirus pandemic, while her colleague and former Primer Impacto co-host Myrka Dellanos had been co-hosting from the Telemundo studio. Myrka Dellanos shared an open letter to her friend and colleague on Instagram, showing her support and announcing she was also leaving Al Rojo Vivo.
"My time on Al Rojo Vivo is also coming to an end very soon and I am happy to be able to be by your side in this moment," Dellanos wrote. "God's timing is perfect my friend! Everything happens for a reason and who knows what the future holds for us? We have to keep growing and the best is yet to come." Dellanos added she is proud of María Celeste's personal and professional accomplishments. "Even if we are not in front of a camera together, you know you can always count on me."
Telemundo confirmed that María Celeste is leaving the network and thanked her for her professional contributions in a press release. “María Celeste has been an icon and an integral part of the growth of Telemundo in becoming a leading Spanish-language network," the statement reads. "We are extremely grateful for her unwavering dedication and her contributions to the Hispanic community and to Telemundo during all these years." The company also announced that Cuban TV host Rashel Díaz is leaving the morning show Un Nuevo Día and Telemundo.
The Puerto Rican journalist spoke highly of her former employer. "Telemundo has been my home for almost 20 years and I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me to cover great news events and serve our Hispanic community for so many years," Arrarás said on Instagram. "I leave behind many beloved coworkers that will always have my full support. My passion for work and my career do not end here. On the contrary, my commitment to you all continues to be as strong as ever."