Well that didn’t take long.
Less than six months into her new gig at MSNBC, Greta Van Susteren is out.
I am out at MSNBC –
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017
Though Van Susteren didn’t elaborate on Twitter, Vanity Fair had more details:
The anchor, whose show struggled to gain traction even as the rest of her colleagues were buoyed by anti-Trump hysteria, has parted ways with the network. She will not appear on the show on Thursday evening. She will be permanently replaced by Ari Melber, the network’s chief legal correspondent and host of the The Point on weekends. He will continue to appear across NBC and MSNBC shows as he takes over the 6 p.m. slot next month. (MSNBC and NBC News declined to comment. Reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Van Susteren had no comment.)
In the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, MSNBC has experienced a bit of a ratings bump, Van Susteren’s show notwithstanding, and top brass and NBC News seemed to have their doubts about her show early on.
Last month, in a New York Times profile about the network’s ascendancy in the age of Trump, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack seemed to hint that there was trouble brewing for the show. “It’s not breaking out,” he said. “Everybody wants every new show to break out Day 1. I think it takes time. He added: “I’ve got a lot of patience.”
What’s next for Greta Van Susteren? MSNBC obviously wasn’t a good fit for her, but it’ll be interesting to see if she can land anywhere outside of the niche Fox News created for her and be successful.