MSNBC Boss Speaks Out on Future of ‘Morning Joe’ Lineup and on Suspension of Analyst Over Obama Remark

Aug 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC President Phil Griffin offered his observations on a variety of issues this week, including the future of the “Morning Joe” anchor team, reports B&C.

Griffin said Tuesday in an interview with the publication that he expects "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to stay where they are, noting, "They are as happy as I’ve seen them."

Speculation that the pair would be leaving was sparked when "Morning Joe" executive producer Chris Licht was hired by CBS News. "I’m not worried," Griffin said. "They belong here. They are under contract. They have not indicated to me they are going anywhere or want to get out if it."

It’s believed that the pair have two more years on their contracts. "They are going to be here for a while," Griffin said, declining to comment on specifics.

Griffin also commented on the recent suspension of political analyst Mark Halperin, who was off the network for a month after calling President Obama “kind of a dick.”

Said Griffin: "It’s a warning to everybody to keep your head about you as you do these things. I want people to be real, but they have to stay within the lines. That’s the only thing we impose. He’s a great journalist. He understood he made a big mistake. And now he’ll be back on live TV this week. It’s over."

Griffin also noted that Rachel Maddow will anchor the network’s election coverage on key nights throughout the presidential election season.

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