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MSNBC Fixture Ends His Prime-Time Show Deadline, THR

An MSNBC host whose nightly show has been a fixture in the cable network’s prime-time lineup announced he’s pulling the plug on the show and launching a new venture on the network. Deadline.com reports that Ed Schultz is abandoning his time slot to head up a revamped weekend lineup.

Schultz made the announcement at the end of his show Wednesday, noting, “And in the big finish tonight, a big personal and professional announcement. MSNBC will be expanding its weekend programming and this opens a big opportunity for 'The Ed Show' and my brand. I will be leaving this time slot at 8 p.m. ET and moving to Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m."

The announcement came on a high-profile night for the network and “The Ed Show,” which scored a coup by landing the first on-camera interview with Scott Prouty, the man who taped Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” speech. Prouty’s tape has been cited by political observers as a turning point in the 2012 presidential election that helped doom Romney’s candidacy.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he’s "thrilled for Ed and happy to be expanding our weekend programming." The network quickly announced that Schultz's 8 p.m. weeknight slot will be taken over by Chris Hayes, who hosts the weekend morning show "Up with Chris Hayes" on the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

ed-schultz-47-percent.jpgMSNBC's Ed Schultz