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MSNBC’s Ed Schultz To Leave 8 PM Slot Next Month

MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” is leaving its 8 PM timeslot startung in April, Ed Schultz announced at the end of his program this evening. Schultz will be taking his program to the weekend, where it will air from 5-7 PM.

Schultz said that the decision to move to the weekend was his alone. MSNBC plans to announce the new host during the NBC News Group upfront presentation in New York tomorrow.

“I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons,” he said. “My fight on ‘The Ed Show’ has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.

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“I’m thrilled for Ed and happy to be expanding our weekend programming,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. “It’s an exciting time for MSNBC and I’m looking forward to having Ed’s powerful voice on our network for a long time.”

Rumors of Shultz’s departure from 8 PM kicked up last November, when Brian Stelter reported that Schultz would be leaving, and Ezra Klein was the leading candidate to replace him. MSNBC pushed back against the story, saying “there are no changes planned.” The changes may not have been planned, but it certainly seems as though they were in the works.

Schultz moved to 8 PM in October, 2011.

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