A shocker: Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC.
The former Fox News host, who was hired in January, said in a post on Twitter Thursday afternoon that she’s “out at MSNBC.” The anchor had hosted For the Record With Greta during the 6 p.m. time slot, which will now be filled by MSNBC chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber. Melber will debut in his new time slot starting in July, and for the time being rotating NBC News talent will pinch hit.
“We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a memo announcing Van Susteren’s departure.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Van Susteren in late April, at an event on the Friday night before the White House Correspondents Dinner. She pronounced herself “very happy” with her new perch at MSNBC, and said her transition from Fox News was seamless. “I love the show,” she said. “A lot of the same staff came over with me. I’m in the same building. I’m about four parking spots away from where I was in the building. The show is practically the same title. Everything’s pretty much the same.”
Though 2017 is pacing to be another record-breaker for the cable news networks, with MSNBC seeing its ratings climb the most, Van Susteren’s hour has been one of the few MSNBC shows to get little attention.
During the second quarter, her 6 p.m. show averaged a ho-hum 980,000 viewers, including a mediocre 207,000 adults in the 25-54 demo. Those kind of numbers would have been great for MSNBC a couple years ago, but now they’re pacing well below originals of most of the MSNBC weekday lineup — even trailing repeats of Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell.
Across all of cable news in the recently wrapped quarter, Van Susteren’s For the Record ranked a lackluster 39th among all shows.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Michael O’Connell and Jeremy Barr