Erick EricksonCNN contributor Erick Erickson, a prominent Georgia blogger and conservative radio talker, is reportedly splitting with the network for redder pastures at Fox News.

CNN is severing relationships with at least five of its existing political commentators, including James Carville and Mary Matalin, the political odd couple who served as senior advisers to successive presidents, former Bush Secretary of Education Bill Bennett and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona.

The news of the vast contributor dump was first reported Tuesday morning by FishbowlDC, which reported unnamed sources believed Erickson would be moving to Fox. The report was later confirmed in its entirety by Politico.

Erickson, a one-time city councillor in Macon, serves as editor in chief of the popular blog RedState and hosts an eponymous radio show on WSB in Atlanta.

– James Richardson