At the tail end of his show tonight, Ed Schultz announced that his primetime MSNBC show will be coming to an end this week and he will be moving to the network’s weekend lineup starting in April.
Schultz called the move a great opportunity for his show, which will air Saturdays and Sundays from 5-7. He cited “a number of personal and professional reasons” for why he wanted to take the new timeslot, and proudly spoke of how much his MSNBC show has given him the opportunity to be a “voice for the voiceless,” and said his new weekend show will give him a chance to interact more with average Americans.
There have been rumblings for a few months that Schultz would be kicked out of the time slot, with one New York Times report last November saying the slot would be given to Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein. At the time, Schultz responded to the report by touting how well his show has done in the 8 P.M. and tearing into reporter Brian Stelter for never contacting him about the story.
UPDATE: POLITICO’s Dylan Byers has more details about the shift, including a statement from MSNBC president Phil Griffin and confirmations from anonymous MSNBC sources that the programming shift was less amicable than Schultz made it out to be.
Watch Schultz’s announcement below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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