MSNBC Hires Greta Van Susteren to Host Daily News Program

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MSNBC says it has hired former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren to host a daily, Washington-based news program at the dinner hour.

Just like Tucker Carlson, who Fox named as Megyn Kelly’s prime-time replacement on Thursday, Van Susteren completes the cable news hat trick: hosting shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Her show will be airing at 6pm, opposite Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, and premiere on Monday.

Her new show will be called ‘For The Record,’ similar in name to her Fox News show, which was called ‘On the Record.’

MSNBC had an open time slot following the end of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s political show.

The announcement was just one of the many shakeups to happen in the cable news world on Thursday.

Earlier in the day it was announced that Kelly would be replaced on Fox News by Carlson.

That news came just two months after Carlson began hosting his 7pm program Tucker Carlson Tonight this past November.

Carlson got that spot as a replacement host as well, taking over the time slot vacated by Greta Van Susteren when she made the decision to step down as host of her long-running program, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

He has been with Fox News for years, but prior to taking over for Van Susteren had a smaller role on the channel as one of the three hosts on the weekend edition of Fox & Friends. He started out as a contributor on the network back in 2009.

Martha MacCallum will replace Carlson at 7pm with a new show, The First 100 Days.

That program will premiere January 16 examine Donald Trump and his administration during their first 100 days in office.

MacCallum will not be hosting America’s Newsroom while appearing on her new show, with Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream filling in for her opposite Bill Hemmer on the show.

A lawyer, Van Susteren got her start in television for CNN analyzing the O.J. Simpson’s trial, and that evolved into a regular role.

She abruptly quit after 14 years as a primetime anchor at Fox News in November, saying that the network ‘has not felt like home to me for a few years.’

The news that she was departing the network came just minutes after the settlement of former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson’s harassment lawsuit against deposed Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

Van Susteren had discredited Gretchen’s claims against Ailes in an interview with People soon after she filed her complaint in court.

‘People come to me because I’ve been there so long,’ said Van Susteren.

‘That’s why this doesn’t have any ring of truth to me. I would have heard it. People don’t keep things silent.’

And while she does not defend Ailes in the interview, she does make it very clear that she is siding with her boss and not the alleged victim.

Van Susteren also described Gretchen as ‘a disgruntled employee’ and said that after seeing that Gretchen’s show had been cancelled she, as a lawyer, ‘thought she got angry.’

She then added: ‘I deal with Roger Ailes often. I’ve often been alone with Roger Ailes in his office over the course of 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like what I’m reading about in the papers and the magazine.’

Later in the interview Van Susteren painted Gretchen as ungrateful, saying ‘most people, man or woman, would give anything to have had the air time [Carlson] had on Fox & Friends.’

She then called her move from the channel’s popular morning show to her own mid-afternoon program a ‘huge promotion’

Van Susteren closed out the interview by saying: ‘If Roger Ailes were how he’s described, there’s no way I would’ve stuck around. I don’t feel like putting up with that stuff and I wouldn’t.

‘Even if he weren’t doing it to me, I wouldn’t want to work in that environment. I sort of feel bad for Gretchen Carlson because it’s sort of a weird thing that she’s done.

‘What she’s alleging is something that is alien to me. I’ve never heard it.’

Van Susteren later defended her actions by saying in a statement: ‘I did not defend Roger Ailes nor did I condemn him. I just stated what I knew or did not know. Period.’

She also stated why she believed it was acceptable for her to discredit Gretchen’s claims in an interview – she never heard about the sexual harassment allegations, she never saw it and it never happened to her.

Van Susteren also said that her describing Gretchen as ‘disgruntled’ and ‘angry’ was acceptable because Gretchen had said she was ‘unhappy’ while talking with Van Susteren ‘a few years back when we both happened to be in London covering the same story.’

She also pointed out that Gretchen never once mentioned anything about sexual harassment during that talk.

‘What I said above was true when I said it …and it is true now,’ said Van Susteren.

‘In the meantime, all sorts of motives and intentions have been assigned to me.’

Van Susteren closed out her statement by saying she would never have kept quiet if she knew about any sexual harassment occurring in the workplace.

Ailes later stepped down as CEO of the network when multiple women came forward to tells stories similar to Gretchen’s, including Kelly.

SOURCE: The Associated Press; Daily Mail, Chris Spargo