When Alex Wagner moves to 4 PM ET on MSNBC, replacing potty-mouthed Martin Bashir, a rotating lineup of on-air talent will replace Wagner at noon. They include Joy Reid, who has been filling in at 4 since Bashir’s exit last month, as well as Ari Melber, who’d previously replaced Steve Kornacki as host of MSNBC’s The Cycle in April.
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MSNBC is expected to eventually pick one of its host rotators to get the gig on a permanent basis, reports TV Newser. At least, as permanent as hosts are on MSNBC these days. Most recently, Bashir resigned after the drumbeat failed to die down when he apologized for having suggested, on air, that someone might defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth, after she likened the country’s debt to China to slavery — because an infamous slave owner used to punish his slaves in that manner. Bashir nearly ran into MSNBC’s short-lived host Alec Baldwin heading out the door — Baldwin having been suspended, and then exited by mutual agreement, at about the same time in the wake of a homophobic slur lobbed at a photographer during a street altercation.
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Alex Wagner is getting Martin Bashir’s 4 PM ET timeslot starting next month. Wagner has hosted the network’s noon panel-format program “Now” since November 2011 and the move opens up that timeslot, noted TVNewser, which first reported the move. The network’s recently added anchor Ronan Farrow is scheduled to start in January but he has yet to be given an announced timeslot.
Bashir resigned earlier this month after the drumbeat failed to die down when he apologized for having suggested, on air, that someone might defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth, when she likened the country’s debt to China to slavery, because an infamous slave owner used to punish his slaves in that manner. “Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation,” Bashir said in an email. “It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.”