MSNBC host Rachel Maddow returned to her nightly schedule on Monday but revealed viewers will see her less from May.
Maddow has announced that her show will be weekly on Monday nights starting May 2. It’s a blow to the NBCUniversal-owned channel, where Maddow attracts the biggest audience in its 9 p.m. slot.
But one Maddow night is better than none for MSNBC. Most people in the TV news industry thought she was stepping back from the program altogether this summer to work on developing podcast and film projects as part of her recently signed deal with NBCUniversal. The host told viewers that the situation remained “fluid”.
“One of the things that I’ve realized…much to my surprise is that I don’t really need another break,” Maddow said. “This one was great, but I think I only needed this one. I still have all these other irons in the fire, all these other things that I’m working on and want to get done, none None of them are fast, all of them take a long time, and I’m still working on all of them, but I don’t think I need another long period off.
Maddow said she will be back four nights a week, Monday through Thursday, until April 28 before going on a weekly schedule. She indicated that she may appear more often as the midterm elections draw closer and when major news stories break.
“That could change,” Maddow said. “We’ll see how things go.”
A rep for MSNBC said a rotating group of hosts will appear Tuesday through Friday once the transition is complete. On nights when Maddow is not on, 9 p.m. Eastern time will be called “MSNBC Prime.”
MSNBC is expected to add White House press secretary Jen Psaki to its guest roster next month. As a high profile hire, it seems likely that Psaki could be part of this Maddow replacement rotation.
Maddow took a two-month hiatus to work on a film adaptation of “Bag Man,” his podcast and book about Spiro Agnew, who served as vice president under the Nixon administration and resigned in 1973 when he made facing corruption charges from his time as Governor of Maryland.
Maddow agreed to a new contract with NBCUniversal last summer that keeps her with the company until 2024, after holding talks with CNN about a role on its new streaming service. The company has confirmed that the deal gives it the opportunity to pursue a variety of television and film projects.
Maddow has been a favorite of the channel’s politically progressive fans since her program launched in September 2008.