THE ABYSS: MSNBC Discusses Moving Sharpton From Weeknight Lineup Amid Network Shuffle

Al Weaver Reporter
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Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid might just be the start of a wholesale change at MSNBC.

As the network begins its shift away from left-leaning hosts to a more news-oriented lineup, MSNBC may be ready to move Rev. Al Sharpton’s weeknight show, “Politics Nation,” out of its nightly lineup and over to the weekend.

The Daily Beast was the first to report the possible change.

While Sharpton, who has hosted his show for 3 1/2 years on the “Lean Forward” network, continues to struggle in his various battles with the teleprompter, he continues to make news from his involvement in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The MSNBC host has also become a trusted adviser of President Barack Obama, having been to the White House on more than 70 occasions, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the aftermath of the Garner decision and the murder of two NYPD police officers.

The report also said that MSNBC is contemplating axing host Chris Hayes’ 8 p.m. show with Rachel Maddow, while MSNBC brass actively searching for talent to takeover the 9 p.m. slot and compete with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who has been owning the ratings since “The Kelly File” launched in October 2013 at Fox News.