*MSNBC has officially tapped Joy Reid to host a new evening news and opinion show titled “The ReidOut.”
“I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity,” Reid said in a press release. “I’ll always be proud of the work we did on AM Joy by pushing the envelope and tackling pragmatic conversations. I’m eager to carry that same energy into the 7 p.m. hour where we can continue to build on bringing in diverse, smart, and accomplished voices to the table on topics that are important to our viewers.”
MSNBC President Phil Griffin added, “I’m thrilled to have Joy on five nights a week. She’s thoughtful and brings so much depth to her reporting. She’s made for this moment.”
The announcement comes two weeks after reports that Reid would take over Chris Matthews’ time slot, following his retirement announcement.
Earlier this year, Matthews exited the “Hardball” news and opinion program that he hosted for 20 years. He decided to retire amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
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It’s impossible to reply to all the kind tweets and well wishes today, but needless to say THANK YOU. I’m so thankful and excited about this new chapter in building #TheReidOut starting July 20 & misty about leaving my #amjoy home. Rocking my idol Gwen Ifill in my avi in honor ??♀️ https://t.co/SrDL1hhmcN
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 9, 2020
Since then, fans have been hoping Reid would take over his time slot.
She currently hosts MSNBC’s weekend morning show “AM Joy” and often substitutes for Rachael Maddow and Chris Hayes.
In his last broadcast, Matthews said he was leaving his post to make way for “younger generations” who are “improving the workplace.”
“I want to start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring,” he told viewers.
“After a conversation with MSNBC, I decided tonight will be my last Hardball. So, let me tell you why,” he said. “The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in the media, in fighting for their causes. They are improving the workplace.”
Matthews added, “Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK, were never OK. Not then and certainly not today, and, for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”
His remarks came after frequent guest of the network, GQ columnist Laura Bassett, alleged that Matthews made inappropriate remarks about her appearance.
“The ReidOut” will premiere on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. ET on MSNBC.