Multiple reports today seem to confirm what Mediaite first reported last week: MSNBC is officially pulling the plug on The Cycle. (UPDATE BELOW)
Last week, Mediaite columnist Joe Concha was the very first to break the news with an exclusive report that MSNBC planned to cancel The Cycle, along with Now with Alex Wagner and The Ed Show.
TheWrap’s Jordan Charlton reports that the 3 p.m. show is officially cancelled; current co-hosts Krystal Ball and Abby Huntsman will both leave the network. The fate of Touré is unknown, while Ari Melber will stay on as the network’s foremost legal correspondent.
The reports also confirm Concha’s reporting that Now and The Ed Show have been axed. Details are expected to emerge in the coming days about those shows.
UPDATE – 6:13 p.m. ET: We have obtained the memo from MSNBC president Phil Griffin confirming that The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show will all be airing their final shows tomorrow. Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Touré, and Abby Huntsman are all out the door, but Ari Melber and Alex Wagner will stay with MSNBC.
Griffin said, “In the coming weeks, as we complete our plans to create a new look and flow for our dayside programming, our 3pm to 6pm hours will begin the pivot towards live, breaking news coverage – with interim hosts from among our very talented ranks. And then, in September, we’ll unveil a 9am to 5pm schedule driven by dynamic coverage of breaking news events that are shaping the day.”
Chuck Todd will anchor a show in the 5 pm slot.
Here’s the full memo:
I’m writing to share a number of changes we’re making as we build a new daytime lineup with the best live, breaking news coverage on television.
As of this Friday, “The Cycle,” “Now with Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” will air their final shows.
Alex Wagner will stay with MSNBC and play a key role in our political coverage as we head into the 2016 election. And Ari Melber will continue in his role as Chief Legal Correspondent. But we will be parting ways with some friends – Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure will be leaving MSNBC. Please join me in thanking them for their numerous contributions over the past several years, and in wishing them great success.
Beginning in a few weeks, Chuck Todd will bring his unmatched brand of political insight and analysis back to MSNBC with a daily one-hour program. That show will air weekdays at 5pm.
I know you read press reports last week speculating about these changes. I hope you can understand that we were not able to confirm at that point because we had not yet finalized many of the decisions I’m sharing with you today, and we hadn’t yet spoken directly with the people involved.
In the coming weeks, as we complete our plans to create a new look and flow for our dayside programming, our 3pm to 6pm hours will begin the pivot towards live, breaking news coverage – with interim hosts from among our very talented ranks. And then, in September, we’ll unveil a 9am to 5pm schedule driven by dynamic coverage of breaking news events that are shaping the day.
Change can be hard. There’s no doubt it’s been a difficult time, but we have exciting opportunities ahead.
UPDATE — July 31, 4:20 p.m. ET: The four hosts of The Cycle said their goodbyes at the end of Friday’s final show. Watch the video here.
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