The announcement was made by Keith Olbermann at the end of his show with Schultz as his guest. Olbermann said “the new news hour” called “The Ed Show” would premiere Monday. “I’m just honored to be a part of the MSNBC lineup,” Schultz told Olbermann.
Current 6pm host Shuster, who took over the hour in December when David Gregory was named moderator of “Meet the Press,” will take over anchoring from 3-5pmET and continue filling in for Olbermann.
Schultz, who has been a presence on cable news for years, is best known for his national progressive radio talk show. His Website intimated at the announcement with the blaring headline, “Ed will be on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight at 8pmET!”
Schultz had been on all short-lists for an MSNBC opening, but most had him on a list to host at 10pm. If he becomes a hit at 6pm, that could still happen.
The video from Countdown and the press release, after the jump…