Rachel Maddow is the queen of liberal cable news.
But Maddow is getting ready to vacate her position.
And Rachel Maddow found out some devastating news about who is taking her job.
Rachel Maddow signed a blockbuster $30 million per year contract that called for her to leave her nightly MSNBC show by April of this year and transition into projects for MSNBC’s streaming service and movies.
On January 31 Maddow announced she was taking a sabbatical to work on a film and would return at some point to close out her daily primetime show.
MSNBC’s run through a series of guest hosts all the while looking for a permanent replacement.
That led NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and NBC News head honcho Cesar Conde to enter into negotiations with former MSNBC “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann to return to the network and serve as the centerpiece of the primetime lineup by assuming Maddow’s 9 p.m. timeslot.
However, those plans went up in smoke as The Daily Beast reported Maddow personally intervened to block Olbermann from replacing her.
The Daily Beast reported:
To fill its upcoming Rachel Maddow void, MSNBC almost took a time machine back to the good old days of 2011.
Keith Olbermann, who shaped the network’s liberal voice before being canned more than a decade ago, was in lengthy discussions with NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and news boss Cesar Conde to return to MSNBC and take over the key 9 p.m. time slot, the former Countdown host told Source Material.
But any dream of an Olbermann reunion was squashed when Maddow—who recently signed a massive $30 million deal to work less and transition out of her nightly broadcast—stepped in to personally veto him as her successor.
Olbermann refused claiming Maddow and former MSNBC boss Phil Griffin blew up the deal which Olbermann claimed would have made Maddow and the network a boatload of money.
“I offered to have her production company ‘produce’ the show. Would give her some proxy control and a f*ck ton of money but she and Phil Griffin refused,” Olbermann confirmed. “I do not expect to continue negotiations with the successors to this management team.”
MSNBC fired Olbermann in 2011 after Olbermann’s “Countdown” program provided MSNBC the liberal editorial slant that came to define the network.
Before Olbermann, MSNBC featured a mishmash of programming where liberals such as Phil Donahue and Chris Matthews would host primetime shows in the same lineup as conservatives like Michael Savage, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
Once Olbermann’s nightly rants and “worst person in the world” segments took off MSNBC began the “Lean Forward” campaign and adopted the identity of a full-throated liberal network.
But there will be no homecoming for Olbermann, one of the angriest and most disliked liberals on the planet as Rachel Maddow squashed his comeback plans.
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