MSNBC canceled the shows of Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid Thursday, moving “Way Too Early” host Thomas Roberts to the now vacant 1-3 p.m. time slot, per an MSNBC spokesperson.
According to the network, both Farrow and Reid will remain with the network. Reid will become MSNBC’s national correspondent, producing original content for platforms across the spectrum at the network. Meanwhile, Farrow will launch a new series of primetime specials as part of his role as a special correspondent.
The news comes hours after Mediaite reported that Reid’s show was on the chopping block.
Roberts’ first day hosting will be March 2. The “Way Too Early” host previously hosted the 11 a.m. hour for the Lean Forward network before moving to 5:30 a.m. to host his current show, in addition to becoming a contributor to “Morning Joe.”
The announcement comes less than a year after the two took the helms of their respective shows, both of which have been mired in mediocrity and low ratings. Farrow in particular bottomed out at 11,000 in the 25-54 demo on Feb. 4, the lowest number during the 1 p.m. timeslot at MSNBC since 2005. He also lost out in the ratings battle to the likes of HLN, CNBC and even Al Jazeera, in addition to Fox News and CNN.
The news comes not long after a report emerged that the network was ready to shake up their lineup, saying that “everything is on the table” with the likes of the outgoing Farrow and Reid probably on the way out, with 8 p.m. host Chris Hayes’ name even being mentioned as one who might be moved.