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MSNBC Execs "over the moon" about Melissa Harris-Perry

This week MSNBC executives expressed unreserved enthusiasm about another substitute for Ms. Maddow, Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University, who filled in for the first time last week. In an interview Mr. Griffin cited her strong ratings and asked, %E2%80%9CHow could you not be over the moon about her?%E2%80%9D %E2%80%9CShe even handled breaking news last week, with he debt-ceiling votes happening,%E2%80%9D he said. %E2%80%9CShe was off prompter, off script, she had people talking in her ear, and she handled it all.%E2%80%9D That kind of reaction is not unlike how MSNBC executives spoke about Ms. Maddow before she was eventually hired as a regular host. Mr. Griffin said, %E2%80%9CThis reminds me of how it went with Rachel.%E2%80%9D But he indicated that he is not ready to sign Ms. Harris-Perry as a full-time host yet. %E2%80%9COur whole thing is about creating a stable,%E2%80%9D he said, adding that the strategy for Ms. Harris-Perry is %E2%80%9Cto continue to develop her, find places where she can fill in more. Things happen. Who knows?%E2%80%9D If anything, Ms. Maddow was even more impressed by her replacement. %E2%80%9CShe was awesome,%E2%80%9D Ms. Maddow said. %E2%80%9CShe has been a phenomenal guest and bringing her in as a contributor was exactly the right thing to do. To see her up here and clicking with the teleprompter after like the first date, and to see the audience reaction both anecdotally and quantitatively, I just couldn%E2%80%99t be happier.%E2%80%9D

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/maddow-agrees-to-a-new-contract-with-msnbc/


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