CNBC won’t be the same without Erin Burnett, but TV watchers who like beauty with their business news can’t be surprised that the popular anchor is reportedly leaving to sign a long-term contract with CNN. Burnett has star power.

The New York Times reported that Burnett, who joined CNBC in 2005 but has recently shown interest in branching out beyond business news, also talked with ABC and CBS. There was also speculation that she was in the mix to replace Meredith Vieira on NBC’s “Today Show.” No word on Burnett’s time slot if she leaves.

CNBC will have a lot of air time to fill without Burnett, but the network has a deep pool of talent. I’d take Melissa Lee to deliver my business news.