MSNBC’s firing of several anchors of color including Toure, Martin Bashir and Alex Wagner hasn’t exactly painted the network in the most favorable light lately. Most notably, former Host Melissa Harris-Perry made headline news after an email she sent blasting the network leaked and she ended up parted ways with MSNBC after months of what she described as inconsideration and a complete breakdown in communication. She’s since settled into a new position as Editor At Large at ELLE.com but there was still the issue of who would fill her time slot.
According to Variety, former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, Joy Reid will host a show that airs on Saturday and Sunday on MSNBC between 10am and noon. Reid has a background as a talk radio producer and host and during her tenure at theGrio, she was often a featured guest on other MSNBC shows.
Eventually, she was offered her own show, “The Reid Report”, which ran for just over a year before it was cancelled when the network decided to pull away from progressive themed news and lean more towards a breaking news format so needless to say, it’s interesting that she’s back.
“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,” Joy Reid said in a recent statement.
Reid’s new show debuts Saturday May 7th.