MSNBC reportedly plans to replace the anchor of a show that airs daily on the cable channel. The Daily Caller reports that the channel will replace Brian Shactman, the host of the morning show “Way Too Early,” with Thomas Roberts.
Roberts, who is openly gay, is being moved into the spot in an effort to make the show more “diverse,” the website reports, citing an inside source at MSNBC. The source said an announcement is coming soon.
“Way Too Early” airs weekday mornings before “Morning Joe,” the daily talk show hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Roberts has recently gained notice for his pro-gay activism, and spoke critically of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his recent anti-gay comments, the story notes.
Shactman has anchored “Way Too Early” since May, taking over from Willie Geist, who left to join NBC’s “Today" show as a co-anchor.
Roberts has been working as an NBC News correspondent and filling in as news anchor on "Today," while anchoring the daytime program "MSNBC Live."