The Cycle is Dead

Update: The Ed Show and Now With Alex Wagner Dead Too


MSNBC has canceled its habitually low-rated 3 P.M. roundtable show.

The cancellation is intended to make way for a Chuck Todd show, according to a Huffington Post report. The report comes on the heels of rumors that The Ed Show and Now With Alex Wagner are also on the chopping block. It has already been a tumultuous year at the network, with former hosts Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid also losing their daytime shows, and rumors that Chris Hayes may also be canceled or moved due to his struggles in primetime.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin distributed a memo outlining the new changes, Mediaite reports:

As of this Friday, "The Cycle," "Now with Alex Wagner" and "The Ed Show" will air their final shows.

Alex Wagner will stay with MSNBC and play a key role in our political coverage as we head into the 2016 election. And Ari Melber will continue in his role as Chief Legal Correspondent. But we will be parting ways with some friends – Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, Abby Huntsman and Toure will be leaving MSNBC. Please join me in thanking them for their numerous contributions over the past several years, and in wishing them great success.

Beginning in a few weeks, Chuck Todd will bring his unmatched brand of political insight and analysis back to MSNBC with a daily one-hour program. That show will air weekdays at 5pm.

I know you read press reports last week speculating about these changes. I hope you can understand that we were not able to confirm at that point because we had not yet finalized many of the decisions I’m sharing with you today, and we hadn’t yet spoken directly with the people involved.

UPDATE 5:42 P.M.: A Politico report says The Ed Show and Now With Alex Wagner have also been canceled.

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Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He founded his own site as a junior in college and has been writing about news and politics since that time. He spent 4 years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. His email address is His twitter handle is @StephenGutowski.

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