CNN reports Rachel Maddow is ending her popular show but MSNBC sources deny claim

Rachel Maddow on-air during a segment.
Rachel Maddow on-air during a segment. Photo: Screenshot / MSNBC

UPDATE: A person familiar with the matter tells LGBTQ Nation that “her schedule isn’t changing.” They reiterated that “in addition to hosting her show at MSNBC, Rachel will develop other projects in a new partnership with NBCUniversal.”

CNN is reporting that out MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will wrap up her eponymous show next year and will instead pursue other projects for the network and parent company NBCUniversal.

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While rumors circulated that Maddow was considering an exit, she recently signed a new contract. The details were kept quiet until now.

Related: Rachel Maddow gives ominous warning about what the GOP will do next

The weeknight edition of her show will end in 2022 according to CNN, but she will still host approximately 30 specials and may produce a scaled-back weekly show for the network.

“NBC execs concluded that fewer days of Maddow was better than no days at all. She will start to host specials for MSNBC and, through her new contract, work on content across NBCUniversal,” reporter Brian Stelter tweeted, breaking the story. “So the key Q is: Who might succeed her?”

“Maddow’s regular fill-ins are Nicolle Wallace, Ali Velshi, and Ari Melber.”

The changes at the network will also potentially see the exit of host Brian Williams according to CNN, a dramatic shakeup of the news network’s weeknight lineup. Both hosts Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell have recently extended their contracts to host their respective shows.

Maddow’s in-depth nuanced reporting has consistently remained the top show in the 9:00 pm EST primetime slot among her cable news competitors, including Cuomo Prime Time at CNN and Hannity at Fox News.

The show is also huge for MSNBC’s bottom line. In 2020, even after the pandemic ravaged advertising, advertising slots for Maddow still bought in over $66 million on its own.

Maddow has hosted the show since 2008.

She rose to the top during the Trump administration when she eschewed covering and repeating the former president’s incendiary remarks in favor of examining what the administration was actually doing while Trump distracted everyone.

But Maddow has also stretched herself thin, with multiple books, podcasts, and special coverage. She’s previously expressed a desire to spend more time with her wife. The two women live in Massachusetts and Maddow commutes to work every day in New York City.

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