Conservative radio host Larry Elder is leaving Salem Radio Network, the company that has hosted his national show since 2016. Elder, who signed a contract in 2019 that keeps him on the airwaves in Salem until 2022, will leave the show with immediate effect.
Salem says Carl Jackson, a radio host from Orlando, Fla., who replaced Elder last year, will take over his time slot until a permanent replacement is named. In a statement, Salem senior vice president Phil Boyce said the decision was “entirely Larry’s decision.”
Elder, who calls himself “The Sage From South Central,” according to his official biography, was a fixture on KABC radio in Los Angeles before joining Salem.
Perhaps most notably, Elder ran in California’s recall election last year, entering the race late but emerging as the top vote-getter among Republicans hoping to unseat Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom ultimately avoided a recall, with nearly 62% of voters opting to keep him in office.
Among the 46 candidates in the recall ballot, however, Elder led the pack with 48.5% of the vote, totaling more than 3.5 million voters. Had Newsom’s recall been successful, Elder would have been the state’s next governor.
“Larry is an icon as a radio talk show host and is a powerful voice as a black conservative leader, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Boyce added. “I hope there will be future opportunities for us to work together.”
Salem added that he will also host Elder’s upcoming documentary, Uncle Tom 2, when released later this year. The media company is known for its conservative and Christian radio programming, with hosts including Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager and former Trump administration staffer Sebastian Gorka.