MSNBC hasn’t exactly been painting themselves in the most favorable light these days. The firing of several anchors of color, including Touré, Martin Bashir, and Alex Wagner, has a had quite a few people screaming foul, most notably former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.
You may remember that after months of what she described as inconsideration and a complete breakdown in communication, Harris-Perry blasted the network in an e-mail that leaked, making headline news. And while she has since settled into another position over at Elle, there was still the issue of who was going to consistently fill her time slot.
And now we have an answer: Joy Reid.
According to Variety, Reid will host a show that airs on Saturday and Sunday on MSNBC between 10 a.m. and noon.
Reid has a background as a talk radio producer and host. She was also the managing editor of theGrio.com. During her tenure at theGrio, she was often a featured guest on other MSNBC shows.
Eventually, she was offered a hosting position for her very own show, “The Reid Report.” The show ran for just a little over a year before it was canceled when the network decided to pull away from progressive-themed news and lean more toward a breaking-news format.
So, needless to say, it’s interesting she finds herself in this position once again, replacing Harris-Perry, whose own show was essentially fazed out for breaking news.
Adweek reports that in a statement, Reid said: “Melissa did a show that was incredibly valuable,” Reid said in a statement. “Instead of trying to replace it, we will fill the space with something new; something compelling, and something that adds to the conversation.”
Reid’s new show will air on Saturday, May 7.
We certainly wish Joy the best in this new role.