Ed Schultz leaving: MSNBC host Ed Schultz is leaving his weeknight show but will appear on the weekends.
MSNBC is moving its prime-time “The Ed Show” with host Ed Schultz to the weekend, he announced Wednesday.
“I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons. My fight on ‘The Ed Show’ has been for the workers and the middle class,” he said, according to MSNBC’s website. “This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.”
His new show will be live on MSNBC from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, starting in April.
“I’m very proud of the work our team has done here at 8 pm, but sitting behind this desk five nights a week doesn’t cut it for me. I want to get out with the people and tell their stories. This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless. That really was my mission when I came here and it remains,” he added.
Schultz’s ratings have been relatively good. During the February sweeps, his show was the second-highest rated on the network.
On Wednesday, Schultz interviewed Scott Prouty, the man who leaked the video last year of Mitt Romney describing 47 percent of Americans as people who would vote for President Barack Obama but also seek government handouts.
“I thank you for speaking out for workers all across America. That’s the reason I’m here today is because you have a voice that—I think we need more voices like yourself,” Prouty said on the program.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin said that with the new move, he is “thrilled for Ed” and is “happy to be expanding our weekend programming.”
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