In case you haven't heard, last night on his primetime MSNBC show, Ed Schultz announced that he was leaving his daily show on the network, and would be moving to weekends at night, starting in April. Though it was surprise to some, it really wasn't.
There have been many articles since last fall about the tense off-camera relationship between network execs and Schultz. His populist, aggressive and combative style wasn't a good match for the network, which prefers a smoother, more "wonkish" approach in their primetime anchors such as Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow. It's the same problem MSNBC had with Keith Olbermann before they gave him the boot
So who now will take his place in the coveted 8PM slot? Most people are saying that it'll be Washington Post columnist Erza Klein who's well liked at the network and is a frequent guest on shows and sub-hosts for Maddow and O'Donnell.
Problem is that Klein, with his very nerdy, seriously charisma free persona, can't guarantee that he will be an audience draw... (He and Chris Hayes reminds me so much of the kind of guys I used to intimidate for their lunch money in high school.)
However some media reports today are already saying that another possible choice to replace Schultz is Joy-Ann Reid, a regular contributor to MSNBC, who I predicted a few months ago was on her way to be getting her own show at the network.
The managing editor of The Grio (which is of course owned by NBC Universal), anyone who's a regular watcher of MSNBC will know that Reid is really, really smart, know politics inside and out like nobody's business, personable, has fantastic presence on the screen (she's been in TV and radio since 1998) and she on the network ALL THE TIME. Every day. Sometimes a few times a day. Like what else do you need?
She also has an interesting background, which she has spoken of on air a few times, being the daughter of an immigrant from the Congo who was a Republican follower.
Still, the talk is that the job is Klein's (who must have some incriminating photos of MSNBC executives). But hey, why not give the sister a chance huh?