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MSNBC to End “The Ed Show,” Wisconsin Dems to be Hardest Hit

My con­do­lences to John Nichols, Mike Tate, Lena Tay­lor, and “media adviser to the party” Graeme Zielin­ski, who will be los­ing their usual cable TV stomp­ing grounds to that free mar­ket crea­ture known as rat­ings and an inter­nal desire by MSNBC for “younger, cheaper talent.”

(We now await for Wis­con­sin lib­eral blog­gers to claim that Ed Schultz’s woes are a con­spir­acy, because, well, they all are, aren’t them?)

Sucks to be them.

MSNBC host Ed Schultz announced tonight that, as of April, he will no longer host his week­night prime­time show. But Schultz will stay with the net­work, host­ing a two-hour pro­gram on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day nights, he said.

And in the big fin­ish tonight, a big per­sonal and pro­fes­sional announce­ment. MSNBC will be expand­ing its week­end pro­gram­ming and this opens a big oppor­tu­nity for ‘The Ed Show’ and my brand,” he said. “I will be leav­ing this time slot at 8 PM ET and mov­ing to Sat­ur­day and Sun­day from 5 to 7 PM.”

In a state­ment, MSNBC pres­i­dent Phil Grif­fin said he was “thrilled for Ed and happy to be expand­ing our week­end pro­gram­ming,” adding that he was “look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Ed’s pow­er­ful voice on our net­work for a long time.”

Schultz, a for­mer sports­caster and cur­rent talk-radio host, has hosted MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” since 2009, where he became well known for his pro-union advo­cacy dur­ing Wisconsin’s spe­cial elec­tion, among other causes. His new show will air on week­end nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

MSNBC plans to announce Schultz’s replace­ment tomor­row, net­work spokesper­son Lau­ren Skowron­ski told POLITICO.

Spec­u­la­tion is that MSNBC will name Wash­ing­ton Post blog­ger Ezra Klein to the time slot.   Not that I watch the chan­nel, but I’ve been told that MSNBC has been groom­ing Klein for TV by hav­ing him guest host “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” from time to time so he’d get his feet wet.

But don’t worry lib­er­als of Wis­con­sin, Schultz thought of you deeply in his final clos­ing of tonight’s show.

Schultz described his new move as an oppor­tu­nity to get out among the peo­ple, but pledged to con­tinue host­ing his radio show.

I want to get out with the peo­ple, like I did in Wis­con­sin,” he con­tin­ued. “I want to get out and tell their sto­ries all over the coun­try. This show has been a show that has been a voice for the voiceless.”

Out with the peo­ple, like I did in Wisconsin…”

Really Ed, was that like in 2011 when you tried to save DPW’s face when they didn’t take the state sen­ate, or like in 2012, when live from Madi­son we all watched you melt­down as the recall was called for Scott Walker live dur­ing your own program?

Enjoy the week­ends Ed.

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  • Cranstan Boonitz

    I didn’t read your full rant, don’t need to, but I just hafta say THANK GOD! I hated ED with a pas­sion. If that’s a good “lib­eral voice” then we should STFU, Ed is awful. He made crap up to fit his agenda (or more hon­estly he “spun” it, but still over the top), he’s got an offen­sive per­son­al­ity over all and he’s just…just…GROSS. Makes ya won­der if he was put there to make “lib­er­als” look like morons. (yeah, that’s an open­ing 10 miles wide, just ignore it and take the high road. you’ll feel bet­ter about your­self for hav­ing done so)
    AND most impor­tantly he’s a creep in it for the money, he was a Repub­li­can, got a chance at another gig and wow sud­den ide­ol­ogy change. He doesn’t give a tinker’s cuss what comes out his mouth. Just pay me. I’m Ed.
    Don’t be sur­prised if sud­denly he decides Oops! I’m a Repub­li­can after all. Just yanno, keep that cam­era on my Eddy Ed Ed shoutin’ piehole.
    But on the other hand if that means more annoy­ing “youth” like the plastic-y brats on The Cycle. well, blaaargh I can’t stand their cutesy smug pos­tur­ing either, Crys­tal Ball! Bch­Pleez! Go back to naughty danc­ing in a Santa Suit! Ba-bye! But for now, I’ll just be happy re: Ed.

    GOOD RIDDANCE!
    p.s. those caps aren’t “shout­ing” that’s just the raw power of enthu­si­asm.
    Have a fine day.

  • kev­in­bin­ver­sie

    I have friends in the Dako­tas, none of what you’ve said is unfa­mil­iar or for­eign to me. Ed Schultz is a clas­sic sell­out, a mer­ce­nary will­ing to go to the high­est bidder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.blaska.3 David Blaska

    The mar­ket­place makes its deci­sion. Say it with me, Wilbur: “I am Mis-terrr ED!”