MSNBC’s star primetime host is making it official: She is chopping again on her internet hosting hours.
Rachel Maddow returned from an prolonged hiatus on Monday, however her return to nightly internet hosting might be short-lived. Maddow mentioned on the prime of her program that starting subsequent month, she’s going to solely be internet hosting her 9 p.m. program on Monday nights. Through the rest of April, she’s going to host Monday by way of Thursday.
“For big news events, like the lead up to the election, I will be here more than that, but that is the general plan,” Maddow mentioned on her present Monday. “I will be here this month… and then starting next month, starting in May, I am going to be here weekly… to give myself more time to work on some of this other stuff I have cooking for MSNBC and other parts of NBC.”
An MSNBC spokesperson mentioned that rotating visitor hosts will fill-in for Maddow within the meantime, and that Maddow might be on-air extra continuously round main information occasions.
Maddow signed a brand new long-term deal with NBCUniversal final summer season, a deal that sees her producing extra content material for different corporations inside the NBCUniversal portfolio (together with a film adaptation of her e book Bag Man), with an understanding that she would reduce on her nightly program. However, till her hiatus a number of months in the past, it wasn’t clear when that diminished primetime schedule would kick in.
Maddow did, nonetheless, depart the door open to returning to the nightly host chair sooner or later, telling viewers that “this might change… we’ll see how things go, but that’s the plan as of now, so now you know and we will never speak of it again.”
In October, MSNBC president Rashida Jones mentioned that the channel was in “no immediate rush” to discover a successor to Maddow, noting that the main points of her schedule had been nonetheless being labored out.
With Maddow now formally chopping again, the strain might be constructing on MSNBC, and Maddow herself, to discover a appropriate alternative. With Maddow being the channel’s most-watched host by far, it’ll be no small problem.