Less than six months after she joined MSNBC from Fox News Channel, Greta van Susteren has parted ways with the cable news outlet. Deadline has confirmed that Ari Melber will be taking over her time slot as early as next week. Melber currently hosts The Point at 5 PM on Sundays on MSNBC.
The former host of For the Record, whose last show was Wednesday, today tweeted the news of her departure:
Van Susteren joined MSNBC in January after a 14-year run at Fox News Channel. But her For the Record, which aired weeknights at 6 PM ET, never gained much traction. The network today replaced it with Ali Velshi anchoring MSNBC Live.
She exited Fox News in September. No details were made available on her departure at the time, but sources close to the situation told Deadline it was due to a “financial disagreement” – which means contract talks stalled.
MSNBC during the second quarter scored an average of 1.64 million primetime total viewers and 389K news demo viewers, second in both metrics to Fox News but up 86% and 78%, respectively, in year-over-year ratings. Its The Rachel Maddow Show finished Q2 as the most-watched cable news program in the key 25-54 news demo.
Last month, the cable news network finalized a contract for Lawrence O’Donnell to stay on his 10 PM ET show The Last Word.