Brian Williams may be headed to a new time slot at MSNBC after putting in his time in late-night. The New York Post’s Page Six cites insiders at 30 Rock saying Williams may be upgraded to an earlier slot, possibly as a replacement for Chris Matthews at 7 p.m.
The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor was booted over to MSNBC in 2015 after barely surviving a controversy over his embellishment of his personal exploits.
“But despite his tarnished reputation and graveyard-adjacent time slot, Williams has made his ’11th Hour With Brian Williams’ show a legit hit, beating CNN and Fox News for three months straight,” The Post reports, adding: “Multiple sources told us that execs think Matthews’ ‘Hardball’ has gone soft, and they’re looking for relief from the bullpen.”
“Industry rumors suggest that bosses are unimpressed with Chuck Todd’s ‘Meet the Press’ spinoff, ‘MTP Daily,'” the report adds. “Around MSNBC watercoolers, there’s also a wild theory that Williams could one day replace the hugely successful ‘Morning Joe’ broadcast, should host and former pol Joe Scarborough revive his political career or exit for any reason.”
Could Williams ever find his way back to a plum evening news spot at the broadcast network? No way, according to The Post.
“An NBC News source told us that while Williams’ ratings have been noted, ‘a lot of [NBC journalists] think Brian should’ve lost his job. He’s kind of forgotten at NBC News,'” the paper reports.