Ed Schultz ordered by MSNBC to discontinue ‘Psycho Talk’

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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MSNBC host Ed Schultz announced Thursday on his radio show that his “Psycho Talk” segment had been discontinued by MSNBC executives.

“I work for somebody,” said Schultz. “I don’t call all the shots.”

Following the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from the network, Schultz’s show on MSNBC was moved from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“There’s probably people in positions that are a helluva lot smarter than I am and have decided that that’s what the way it’s going to be,” Schultz said in an uncharacteristically servile response to the decision.

On January 11, following the Tucson shooting, Schultz said that he had no intention of discontinuing the segment. “As long as they open their mouths over there on the right, we will continue to have the segment called ‘Psycho Talk,'” said Schultz.

Schultz has been on thin ice with network executives before. According to the New York Post, NBC News President Steve Capus and MSNBC President Phil Griffin threatened to fire Schultz in August following a newsroom rant. Schultz had reportedly said, “I’m going to torch this fucking place” in a fury over a lack of promotion for his show.