Greta Van Susteren leaving MSNBC

BY ALEX BOURQUE | PUBLISHED: 07-02-2017

An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was "amicable," but that efforts to boost Van Susteren's show's ratings had been unsuccessful.

After just six months on the air at MSNBC, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is out, say network executives. They cite poor ratings as the reason for her exit.

"MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways," said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a statement, as reported by Politico. "Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they've hosted shows at all three cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best."
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was "amicable," but that efforts to boost Van Susteren's show's ratings had been unsuccessful.

Van Susteren, a former lawyer, would not comment except by tweeting, "I am out an MSNBC."

She had no prior notice of the network's decision, a friend informed CNNmoney. The friend also said Van Susteren was told she had not been confrontational enough on air.

Before joining MSNBC, Van Susteren was taken off FoxNews abruptly amid a contract dispute after 14 years with the right-wing network. She was among a few Fox hosts who defended network boss Roger Ailes against allegations of sexual harassment, but later said she regretted doubting his accusers, according to Vanity Fair.

The decision to remove Van Susteren comes as MSNBC has been seeing a tremendous ratings boost, even out-performing Fox News in prime-time viewership in the coveted 25-54 age bracket.

MSNBC's chief legal correspondent, Ari Melber, host of 'The Point,' will now permanently replace Van Susteren in her former 6 p.m. time slot

 

 

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Jose Jefferies - Jul 21, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
Jason Spencer - Jul 20, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
James Carlin - Jul 18, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
Harry Marcolis - Jul 18, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
Linda Mack - Jul 18, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
James Smith - Jul 17, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.
Harry Marcolis - Jul 17, 2017
An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.