Rachel Maddow’s key time slot on MSNBC will now be filled by Alex Wagner.
MSNBC has found a permanent replacement for its 9 p.m. ET primetime weeknight slot, which has been struggling since Rachel Maddow moved to a one-day-a-week schedule.
In a press release, MSNBC said that Alex Wagner will be the host for the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesdays through Fridays starting on August 16. MSNBC said that the name of the show will be given at a later time.
“Alex Wagner at 9 p.m. was the obvious choice. MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a statement, “Her unique perspective, based on more than 20 years of journalism, and dogged reporting in the U.S. and abroad will help our viewers understand why things matter.” “I’m excited to see Alex do well on MSNBC’s primetime schedule.”
Wagner will also help cover special events, such as the midterm elections in 2022, which will be shown on MSNBC. MSNBC said that she will be the only Asian American to host a primetime cable news show.
Wagner said, “It’s an honor to be in charge of a key hour of TV at such a crucial time for American democracy.” “In a lot of ways, the stakes have never been higher, and MSNBC is the best place to find out more about this time.” I’m glad to be going back home.”
The report says that Maddow, who stopped being a full-time host to work on other projects, will still be the host of her show on Monday nights. She will also be in charge of the news when big things happen, like when the Supreme Court voted last week to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Wagner, who is 44 years old, came back to the network that leans to the left earlier this year as a senior political analyst and guest anchor. Since joining MSNBC, she has been a guest host on both “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “All In With Chris Hayes.”
She has also worked as an anchor for CBS News and as the host of a daytime show for MSNBC.
As The Post reported before, MSNBC’s 9 p.m. show has been losing viewers, especially on nights when Rachel Maddow isn’t hosting. Since Rachel Maddow moved to once a week, “MSNBC Prime” has lost a lot of viewers to “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
MSNBC’s prime-time ratings are higher than those of CNN, another left-of-center network, but they are much lower than those of Fox News and its 9 p.m. opinion show “Hannity.”
Maddow’s deal with MSNBC is said to be worth about $30 million per year. Earlier this year, she took a week-long break and said she would focus on other things, like making a movie version of her podcast “Bag Man,” which tells the story of how disgraced Vice President Spiro Agnew fell from power in the early 1970s.