MSNBC’s primetime star host has officially announced: She’s cutting her showtimes.
Rachel Maddow is back from an extended hiatus on Monday, but her return to nightly host will be short-lived. Maddow said at the top of her show starting next month, she will only host her 9pm show on Monday nights. For the rest of April, she will host the show Monday through Thursday.
“For big news events, like before the election, I’ll be here more than that, but that’s the general plan,” Maddow said on her show Monday. “I’ll be here this month… and then starting next month, starting May, I’ll be here every week… to have more time to work on some of the other work I’m cooking for MSNBC and other NBC divisions. ”
An MSNBC spokesperson said that rotating hosts will supplement Maddow in the meantime, and that Maddow will be broadcast more frequently on major news events.
Maddow signed a new long-term deal with NBCUniversal last summer, an agreement that sees her produce more content for other companies in NBCUniversal’s portfolio (including a movie adaptation. Possibly from her book Bag Man), with the understanding that she would cut back on her nightly show. However, until her hiatus a few months ago, it was unclear when that reduced prime time schedule would begin.
However, Maddow left the door open for a return to the nightly show chair in the future, telling viewers that “this could change… we’ll see how things go, but that’s it.” plan from now on, so now you know and we’ll never talk about it again. ”
In October, MSNBC president Rashida Jones said that the channel “is in no immediate hurry” to find a successor to Maddow, noting that details of her schedule are still being worked out.
With Maddow now officially on the cut, pressure will be on MSNBC and Maddow himself to find a suitable replacement. With Maddow being the channel’s most-watched presenter to date, that will be no small challenge.