Anchor Thomas Roberts Wishes Competitors Well, But Gig At MSNBC Was “All I Wanted For Christmas”

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts got his Christmas gift early–a new, full-time contract with MSNBC. Roberts, who’d been freelancing since April, filling in on various shows–notably for Keith Olbermann during the Countdown anchor’s short suspension–earned good reviews and a desire among MSNBC execs to lock him in before someone snatched him away, even though they didn’t have a show–yet–for him to host. “All I wanted for Christmas was to get my contract done and signed,” Roberts told Mediaite.

“Thomas is a very talented anchor who has impressed all of us over the last year,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. “With his addition, we’re continuing to build a truly outstanding dayside anchor team.”

Roberts has previously worked at CBS News and at CNN, and he says he still feels very close to the family at CNN. As the network struggles with record-low ratings, a struggling new show in Parker Spitzer and a critically important January launch for Larry King replacement Piers Morgan, Roberts said he wishes them well–but, you know, not too much:

I have nothing but respect with the talented folks over at CNN. I have many dear friends in my life…all thanks to my time there. I haven’t worked with Parker, Spitzer or Morgan…but I wish them all the best with their shows.

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