HANNITY, WITHOUT THE COLMES…. I was tempted to say that all good things must come to an end, but the truth is, the show really isn’t my cup of tea. Regardless, Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” has been a fairly significant media pairing for more than a decade, and it’s coming to an end.

Fox News announced that after 12 years, Alan Colmes will be leaving the top-rated “Hannity & Colmes” at the end of the year.

“I approached Bill Shine (FNC’s Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network,” Colmes said in a statement. “Although it’s bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I’m proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years.”

Sean Hannity said Colmes was “a remarkable co-host,” “great friend,” and “skillful debate partner.”

Colmes is leaving the prime-time show, but staying with the network. He’ll remain one of Fox News’ few liberal commentators, he will continue to host his talk-radio show on Fox News Radio, and Colmes is also reportedly working on a possible on-air weekend program.

As for what happens next on the Fox News program, the network hasn’t announced whether the show will simply be Sean Hannity flying solo or whether he’ll get a new liberal debating partner.

Either way, I’ll be watching Maddow.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.