Last month, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC reached a $30 million per year agreement to keep the network’s top-rated host through the 2024 election. While The Rachel Maddow Show will continue to air weeknights at 9pm ET for the time being, there is a rumor that it could eventually transition to a weekly format. She has the option of terminating her nightly show beginning in April of 2022, according to reports.
That detail has prompted speculation about possible replacements for the coveted primetime slot. If a report from news media guru Dylan Byers is to be believed, the likely favorite – at least among current MSNBC hosts – is Nicolle Wallace, the host of MSNBC’s Deadline White House, and former White House Communications director under George W. Bush.
As one NBC executive told Byers, “Nicolle is the most obvious in-house candidate.”
Byers — who recently departed NBC, where he served as a media correspondent, for the startup Puck — explained the rationale of potentially replacing Maddow with a former Bushie in Puck News:
The idea that a former Republican operative could replace a progressive icon like Maddow will surely confound and even anger some MSNBC loyalists. But from the vantage point of NBC’s C-suite, it has its logic. Wallace is smart, capable, charismatic—”producible,” as one former NBC executive put it. No one should underestimate how important that is in television, even to a network that caters to liberal political sensibilities. Today, Wallace may just be a likeable Never Trump ex-Republican advocating for competent policy and politics; with the right packaging and marketing, she could become a hero of that cause. She is also well liked by Maddow, several sources said, and would have her blessing.
Transgender Netflix workers plan walkout over Dave Chappelle controversy
The business issues caused by a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy special are apparently anything but funny.
Transgender Netflix employees are planning an Oct. 20 walkout from the streaming service in response to a bevy of ongoing issues that all connect back to 48-year-old Chapelle’s “The Closer,” according to the Verge.
A source told The Post that Field was suspended not for the tweets but instead for intruding, along with two others, into an executives-only meeting.
“I’m going to take a few days off to decompress and try to figure out where I’m at. At the very least, I feel vindicated,” Field tweeted.
Despite that, Netflix’s trans employee resource group is still moving forward with a planned walkout next week, according to the Verge, which obtained their internal memo.
“Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and continually failing to create content that represents and uplifts Trans content. We can and must do better!” a leader of the movement reportedly wrote.
Adding fuel to the fire, co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle in an email to employees amid the debacle this week.
Rotten Tomatoes Tries To Hide That Audiences Hate ‘Fauci’ Doc
By popular demand, Rotten Tomatoes has reinstated the Audience Score for Disney’s Fauci documentary.
Fauci, the worst movie in the history of IMDb
Jon Stewart says Trump has ‘a very good chance’ in 2024
“I think he’s got it — he’s got a very good chance. And they’re smarter about it,” Stewart said Sunday during an interview with David Remnick at the 22nd annual New Yorker Festival.
“The danger of the coup — again, Jan. 6 is the TV event moment of it,” the host of “The Problem with Jon Stewart” on Apple TV+, said of the riot by Trump supporters at the Capitol earlier this year. “It’s the special that came out. And that’s what all the TV networks were focused on.”
“He’s brilliant at understanding what will drive the television narratives,” Stewart said, referring to Trump.
Stewart also predicted that if Trump runs again, it will “all be about Jan. 6 and ‘Stop the Steal.'”
“But what I think they really learned from this exercise was there are really specific pivot points within the American electoral system, and those pivot points are generally the administration of elections run by partisans, but not ideologues,” he said.
The “actual danger of what happened” at the Capitol in January, Stewart added, “is that it exposed a fragility at a level that is not flashy, or sexy, or known.”
While Trump has repeatedly teased a potential 2024 White House bid, he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy.
“I thought he disqualified himself at every turn [in 2016],” the former “Daily Show” host said of Trump, adding that the former president displayed an “antibiotic-resistant strain of populism.”
“He came at the right moment for that audience with the right message, and unapologetic. And in a lot of ways, I think every time you thought that something was disqualifying or something would defeat him, but for those of us who have been in New York, we probably saw like, if nothing else, the dude’s resilient,” Stewart, 58, said.
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