Progressives of pallor alert: Chris Hayes taking Ed Schultz’s MSNBC slot

The MSNBC diversity cops have reportedly selected Chris Hayes to replace Ed Schultz in the 8:00 p.m. time slot. Schultz will slink away to an oh-so-coveted weekend gig on the network.

It’s @chrislhayes. He’s taking over the 8pm time slot on MSNBC. Details at @mediadecodernyt:

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 14, 2013

Brian Stelter reports:

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.

Ah, the unbearable whiteness of being an anchor at monochromatic MSNBC.

BREAKING: white male to replace white male at @msnbc

— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) March 14, 2013

Hi @msnbc Can you explain why you only have white people in prime time? Thanks

— Marc T Grove (@mtgrove) March 14, 2013

Also, MSNBC is really REALLY pasty white in primetime. #racism #tcot

— RB (@RBPundit) March 14, 2013

Come on, guys. It’s about time MSNBC had “one of America’s leading conservative voices” anchoring a prime time slot! Isn’t that diversity? Media Matters says Chris Hayes is good enough — some of his best friends are bringers of increased diversity!

If his weekend show’s guests are any indication, Chris Hayes’ new show is likely to bring increased diversity to MSNBC’s evening lineup.

— Media Matters (@mmfa) March 14, 2013

And besides, there’s still room to diversify the MSNBC lineup, right?

@hunterw not sure, but i’m betting Ezra gets Chris’s weekend time slot.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 14, 2013


Now comes the part where all the juiceboxers on Twitter kiss Chris Hayes’ ass. “Please book me!”

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) March 14, 2013

Drool bucket alert:

Also—double woos for @chrislhayes and his new prime time show:…

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 14, 2013

Huge congrats to the great @chrislhayes, who’ll be the new 8pm host on MSNBC!…

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 14, 2013

Big congrats to my friend @chrislhayes on his new prime time gig. Pickup hoopsters unite!

— The Fix (@TheFix) March 14, 2013

More seriously, congrats to @chrislhayes and friends on his team.

— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) March 14, 2013

Kudos to my pal @chrislhayes – one request: keep the @uppastryplate!…

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) March 14, 2013

“@dylanbyers: And it’s official:” congratulations @chrislhayes !

— Karen Finney (@finneyk) March 14, 2013

It looks like @uppastryplate will have to be replaced by cocktail tray and hors d’oeuvres platter. Congrats to @chrislhayes on the new gig.

— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) March 14, 2013

Wow. Huge congrats to @chrislhayes on going primetime. I’m unalloyed fan. Brilliant move by MSNBC.

— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) March 14, 2013

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