This is the other shoe we were waiting to hear drop following Ed Schultz’ announcement last night that he’s leaving his weeknight 8 PM/ET slot in April. His show is moving to weekends from 5-7 PM/ET. No word yet on what will replace Up With Chris Hayes which runs weekends at 8 AM/ET.
NEW YORK – March 14, 2013 – Chris Hayes will host MSNBC’s 8 p.m. ET hour starting Monday, April 1. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
“Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning,” said Griffin. “He’s an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Rachel and Lawrence in primetime,” said Hayes. “I’ve absolutely loved hosting UP on the weekends and I’m looking forward to thinking through the news five nights a week.”
More information regarding the new 8 p.m. program will be available in the coming days.
Since 2011, Chris Hayes has hosted the weekend morning program “Up w/Chris Hayes” on MSNBC. He has also contributed to all major political events throughout the 2012 Presidential election and regularly served as guest host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”. He continues to serve as editor-at-large for The Nation, a role he has held since 2007.
Hayes’ first book, “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy,” which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. He has written on a wide variety of political and social issues and his work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader. He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.
He is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. Follow Chris on twitter @chrislhayes.
I bet they give Joy Reid the 8-10am Saturday slot.
I hope he'll get glasses that fit his face.
I know Ed has fans here, but personally I won't miss his bellowing warehouse boss delivery (nor his ridiculously tilted phone polls "So viewers, who do you agree with - Paul Ryan or President Obama?" duh)
I like Chris Hayes, but think he could also stand to dial it back a bit. He always seems like he's had 19 cups of coffee and is just about to come out of his skin. Maybe he'll calm down a bit having 5 nights a week to fill instead of 2 mornings; or his style will just be easier to take at night than first thing on a weekend morning. I'm just glad it's not going to be Ezra Klein; I appreciate his brain but cannot listen to his wooden delivery for long.
I love Joy Reid as does MSNBC, apparently, so would be happy for her to get a regular gig.
Stupid move. Too much nerdiness back to back, coming right before Rachel's show. Whether you love Ed or hate him, MSNBC needs people like Ed who can attract blue-collar, middle-America types and can get people fired up. That's what we need to keep the Democratic momentum going and to keep winning elections. The nerdy East Coast intellectuals will always skew liberal. We need people who appeal to the rest of the nation. Do you think Chris Hayes would ever do a show live from Freeport, Illinois? It seems that MSNBC is going for an "all nerdy, intellectual wonks all the time" image. I can't imagine that Chris will attract a bigger audience than Ed.
[quote] Stupid move. Too much nerdiness back to back, coming right before Rachel's show. Whether you love Ed or hate him, MSNBC needs people like Ed who can attract blue-collar, middle-America types and can get people fired up.
You may have a good point. Keep Ed on, but get rid of the annoying Twitter feed and the ridiculous polls.
Two lesbians back to back.
I liked Ed, but he was kind of abrasive. He was always yelling.
His polls are hilarious.
R2 is so right on about the glasses.
I like Chris and I think his show is very thought-provoking, with well-balanced panels, but I agree, it is going to be a nerd-fest every night on MSNBC.
Whoever said Chris would never report live from Freeport was right. MSNBC is doing a disservice to working class folks, not having Ed (or others like him) in their daily mix.
(But maybe that's the point: Those working class folks are not as coveted a demographic as the educated, upper-middle class folks Chris will likely attract in that slot.)
Given the shadow the bottom of his frames creates, R9, I'm surprised someone at MSNBC hasn't done, or at least said, something.
I work in market research and I can tell you right now blue collar, lower middle class people are NOT watching MSNBC. Their demo is mainly upper middle class/affluent and white.
Also, R4 is living in a dream world. MSNBC is a brand, it's a business. They are not an arm of the Democratic party so they are totally unconcerned with "firing up" blue collar, Middle America types.
All they care about are money and ratings.
Besides, Ed ain't that important and he certainly doesn't swing elections. If he did, Scott Walker wouldn't be governor right now.
R11 I believe the have the highest African-American viewers on cable news, so there goes your white demo theory.
[quote]I believe the have the highest African-American viewers on cable news, so there goes your white demo theory.
No, actually they don't. That would be CNN.
r12 Having the highest black demo and still also getting wealthy whites is not mutually exclusive. Wealthy urban whites often have the same political views as blacks-- even though they might not mix and mingle with them for class and racial reasons.
[quote] All they care about are money and ratings.
Yes, and Chris Hayes is a ratings magnet! With Hayes' natural charisma, I'm sure MSNBC will quickly overtake Fox in the ratings.
[quote] Besides, Ed ain't that important
Situated as the lead-in to the network’s top rated The Rachel Maddow Show, the Ed slot is a hot one for MSNBC. Schultz performed well for the network ratingswise and certainly helped contribute to MSNBC seeing double-digit gains in 2012 in both viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic in primetime.
Good for him but I will miss him on the Sat/Sun show. I always recorded it and for the most part (sometimes it could get a tad on the wonky side which he admitted)it was refreshing to see topics covered in depth without the rancor of other shows. Is Ezra Klein taking his place? Joy would be good too. Or Ari Melber but only if he worked nude.
Again, to dispel the myth that Ed was a ratings disaster who was driving 25-to-54-year-olds away:
The "fat, red-headed guy from Fargo," as Schultz refers to himself, handily beat the more camera-friendly Anderson Cooper in that timeslot. And while it seems no one ever will top Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, Schultz earned MSNBC its best 8 p.m. ratings among the coveted 25-to-54 demographic since 2009.
I wonder if Haye's will be able to do indepth subjects with a daily show. The allure of a week-end show is that you could look at the week in a distance and analyze it fully.
So many grocers here.
r14 you say it like it's a negative thing to have upper middle class/affluent and white/black demo.
So no straight male hosts on weeknights?
Do you watch MSNBC r21? There's Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Hayes, and Chris Matthews.
Chris Hayes is not gay. He's married with a child.
Will no one think of the prisoners?
I like Ari Melber, Joy Reid, Karen Finley and Ezra Klein much better than Chris Hayes, but none of them are very good as hosts. Being a commentator and being the host of a program are two entirely different disciplines.
Ezra is B-O-R-I-N-G
Here's hoping Chris upgrades his wardrobe back to where it was was when he used to appear as a Nation editor. Since joining MSNBC, when he's appeared on (election related) panel discussions in a suit, he's dressed as though he were trying to win Drabbest TV Persona of the Year.
Why is Shultz leaving? I know his wife was quite ill.
I don't think it's a good idea to put Chris Hayes' show right before Rachel's. They are so similar intellectually and stylistically.
Ed was the bad cop to Rachel's good cop. Her style is more intellectual and conceptual. Ed's was a rally call to fire up the crowd... more suited for radio.
I'm curious to see if this will effect Rachel's ratings. CNN is revamping its lineup so the next few months is going to be a growing pain for CNN and MSNBC as they are both basically fighting for the same core audience: the ones who refuse to watch Fox.
Where is Chris going to find enough disabled black lesbian professors to fill five nights a week?
I knew it!
As long as that fat jackass Ed Schultz is OFF weeknights, I'm happy. Why they gave him the prime 8PM spot at all is hard to believe. I'll be happier still when they move Al Sharpton to 3:00AM.
My Ari should have had that slot!
[quote] I don't think it's a good idea to put Chris Hayes' show right before Rachel's.
I agree. I understand that Ed doesn't quite fit with the MSNBC "brand" and the rest of the network's lineup. But Hayes is so similar in style to Rachel that I can't imagine watching two hours of Chris and Rachel back to back every night. Viewers will end up choosing to watch one or the other. Most of them will choose Rachel over Chris, and MSNBC's ratings at 8 pm will fall. Rachel's numbers eventually will fall, too, because of Chris being a weak lead-in. Chris is smart, but he doesn't have the personality to lead off a network's prime-time lineup.
[quote]I don't think it's a good idea to put Chris Hayes' show right before Rachel's. They are so similar intellectually and stylistically.
I also agree. I love Chris Hayes and thinks he goes a great job but him and Rachel are rather similar. That is a rather iffy move by having them back to back. But I get why they did, they would have to restructure their whole lineup to avoid that.
[quote] Where is Chris going to find enough disabled black lesbian professors to fill five nights a week?
Good God. Ann Coulter was right: MSNBC's line-up is like the royal court at your high school's Alternative Prom.
Yes, I can totally see Ann Coulter was one of the cool kids
Why are people still calling it "MSNBC"? It hasn't been that for a long time now...
R22, I think the poster meant that Chris Hayes looks like a lesbian, not that he is gay. I can see the resemblence.
[quote] Why are people still calling it "MSNBC"? It hasn't been that for a long time now...
You do realize, I hope, that we're talking about the TV network and not the website. The network is still MSNBC.
R13? Actually no, from mediaite:
In that same time period, CNN grew its black audience by 23.7%(from 131,000 in 2011 to 162,000 in 2012, 23.9% of their total audience) , while Fox News’ declined by 23.7% (38,000 in 2011 to 29,000 in 2012, 1.4% of their total audience), but MSNBC had more black viewers than both of those nets combined (from 177,000 in 2011 to 284,000 in 2012, 31.4% of their total audience). What’s more impressive is that MSNBC attained 60% growth after being number one in that demographic last year, and the year before.
"But Hayes is so similar in style to Rachel that I can't imagine watching two hours of Chris and Rachel back to back every night."
[quote]Where is Chris going to find enough disabled black lesbian professors to fill five nights a week?
Perhaps he could have Rachel put up a casting call in the Womyn of Color DART tent at Michfest.
Up Chris Hayes every night!
I would enjoy that!
Interesting that Fox News' audience isn't even 2% black.
Joy Reid is AWESOME!
Is there animosity between Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow? I've always found it strange that Ed pitches to Rachel at 9pm, just like she used to pitch to him at 10 pm (when Olbermann left and Ed got moved). But Rachel doesn't pitch to Lawrence...it just goes straight to The Last Word.
That's because Lawrence doesn't tape live r46.
I like Chris but I think it's a terrible decision. They need someone with alot of personality. Viewers will not be drawn in by Chris.
[quote] That's because Lawrence doesn't tape live
You mean it doesn't air live?
Thank you r40. I knew that was the case but was too lazy to look up the source. It was January when MSNBC touted that they had the largest AA viewers.
[quote] Lawrence doesn't tape live
Are you sure about that? He often mentions breaking news or refers to something that just aired on Fox News. (Maybe the intro is taped?) I thought all the prime-time shows were live.
The wiki page says it airs live. I guess I'm wrong. His show always seem so canned. I only watch Rachel's show though. Not interested in Ed, Lawrence or Chris.
[quote] I only watch Rachel's show though.
I burned out on her a while ago. Her opening monologue sometimes goes on and on and on and takes a circuitous route just to get to her point. It's almost like they don't have enough to fill the hour so she has to eat up a lot of airtime.
r54 don't care if you watch her or not. Don't care if you don't understand the purpose of her extensive background analogy. She is what she is.
[quote] Her opening monologue sometimes goes on and on and on and takes a circuitous route just to get to her point. It's almost like they don't have enough to fill the hour so she has to eat up a lot of airtime.
Yes! I've noticed that too, and wondered whether they're just stretching to fill the hour. Her opening segments can be interesting, but they need tighter writing and editing. She has the annoying habit of showing a clip of someone speaking and then repeating everything the person said as soon as the clip is over (often while looking down at her notes and underlining things).
Liberals are freaking out about this. They don't believe that Hayes fights for the middle class.
The long opening monolog that covers lots of topics before getting to the point she is making has always been her style. I enjoy them and usually learn something from them or am reminded of something I forgot.
Exactly r58. I've been following her career since 2004 when she was on Air America and that's just how she does things. Even when she was limited to radio, she tried to present a point of view in a larger context. As political junkies, many of us are myopic in that we think a certain action is the worst or the best. She's basically saying "it's happened before and it'll happen again, so look at it in this context. History is our guide.
Remember Obama's first debate which was unanimously deemed a disaster? Some supporters had to be talked down from the ledge. Rachel had this long segment on how history favors the challengers in the first debate. It was a very fun and informative segment.
Chris Hayes and Steve Kornacki are never satisfied with anything the Democrats do. They're both such Debbie Downers. I like commentators like Joy Reid, Ari Melber and Karen Finney who stay positive.
God, I want to eat out Steve Kornacki's ass so bad...
In other news, can Steve be moved to another show at night? Maybe a show with Joy Reid or Ari Melber?
Ari works my nerve. Why is that...
You know who's a really bad host? Thomas Roberts. He's dull as dishwater.
By the way, I love how we're all amateur MSNBC programming directors. That would make a fun Sim-style game.
I'm just happy to see someone in this day and age make it with a BA in Philosophy.
r20 I am not. I was explaining to the other poster that having a white wealthy demo and a black demo is not mutually exclusive.
Love, love, love Chris Hayes.
My favorite Brooklyn hipster.
Steve doesn't do that much for me R61, perhaps vaguely cute at most.
A really good move would be to give Joy Reid a few years covering Congress or The White House to acquire some seasoning and eventually let her moderate Meet The Press. David Gregory is a dead loss from the word go.
So, why is Ed getting replaced?
Steve is another one whose glasses are too small for his face.
Are those pastries on the table fake?
Those pastries are NOT fake. A few weeks ago once of the panelists, I forget who, some guy with a beard, was eating and licking his fingers on camera. He obviously had no shame! First time I've ever seen that.
Especially vertically, R71. Every time he's on, all I can pay attention to is the line the bottom of the frame reflects onto his face.
How can no one have told him about this? Or does he get paid so little, he wants to wait until his next insurance cycle? You'd think MSNBC would want him to look as good as he can.
Maybe they'll read this.
Steve looks like a middle aged lesbian.
Yes, yes he does.
I will miss Chris on Sat and Sun...great way to ease into the weekend morning. As far as replacements go they do have to be very careful. There is a definite buzz about Up and it would be a shame to squander it. They do have a fairly large farm team but they also need someone who can conduct the band. Chris is pretty damn good at keeping things moving right along. Otherwise it just turns into a screamfest where nothing is resolved and nothing is heard.
What R 4 said,,,
MSNBC has given UP to Steve Karnacki...looks like Ezra Klein is officially over.
Chris Hayes Says New MSNBC Show Will Continue Labor Coverage In Ed Schultz's Tradition
WASHINGTON -- Plenty of labor activists were dismayed by the announcement this week that primetime MSNBC host Ed Schultz was destined for a less desirable weekend slot. After all, Schultz has been a strong ally of the labor movement, using his show to highlight issues facing working-class people, and union members in particular, far more than your average cable news program.
On Thursday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee created an online thank-you card to Schultz that, as of Friday afternoon, had gathered more than 47,000 signatures: "When unions were attacked in Wisconsin and Ohio, Ed was there. When Whirlpool fired workers in Iowa, Ed was there. When Bain Capital was moving jobs overseas from Illinois, Ed was there."
Similarly, an activist launched a petition on the website for progressive Credo Action to "keep Ed Schultz in a prime weekday T.V. time slot," calling the host "one of few in the media who supports working class people." And Leo Gerard, head of the United Steelworkers union, told The Washington Post's Erik Wemple that the Schultz move was a "big loss" for working people.
But if Schultz fans think working-class issues will disappear from the 8:00 p.m. time slot, at least one credible MSNBC source says they shouldn't fret: Schultz' replacement. Chris Hayes, who will be making the switch from his weekend morning show "Up With Chris Hayes," told HuffPost that he's committed to covering the same labor issues that Schultz did.
"I totally hear where they're coming from," Hayes said in an email. "What Ed did on his show, in putting the issues facing working people front and center night in and night out was genuinely revolutionary in the medium. He also put voices of working people -- from organized labor and unorganized labor -- on his show in a way no one has before.
"We're absolutely committed to doing the same," he said.
Indeed, Hayes has already amassed a track record of tackling complicated labor issues through thoughtful roundtable discussions. A recent "Up" episode, for example, took a close look at jobs in the booming restaurant industry, where the "tipped" minimum wage hasn't been raised in two decades and many workers struggle to make ends meet.
In an episode that aired back in November, when strikes at Walmart stores become a hot news topic ahead of Black Friday, Hayes gave airtime not only to a store employee but to a warehouse worker who toils at the bottom of the megaretailer's contract supply chain.
"I think you'll see if you look at UP, we've focused a lot on labor (and the forces trying to keep labor down) and have featured everything from Wal Mart workers, to on-the-ground organizers, to union presidents to restaurant workers sitting at the table sharing their experience and expertise," Hayes said.
Of course, one thing that will inevitably change with his new show is the format. In his primetime, condensed time slot, Hayes won't have as much room to facilitate the sort of in-depth discussions featured on his two-hour morning program. He'll be far more hemmed in by the news of the day and breaking stories, as well. But whatever shape the program takes, Hayes assures it will include the voices of everyday workers.
"I got my start in lefty journalism as a labor reporter at In These Times, and it's in my blood," he said.