MSNBC show host Nicolle Wallace is being considered to take over the political news channel’s time slot occupied by eponymous anchor Rachel Maddow when the latter transitions from a nightly to a weekly program, a report indicated Wednesday.
Wallace, a former spokeswoman for President George W. Bush and host of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” show, is the favorite to assume the channel’s 9 p.m. position when Maddow leaves, according to Dylan Byers, the recently departed NBC media correspondent who left for the startup Puck News.
“The idea that a former Republican operative could replace a progressive icon like Maddow will surely confound and even anger some MSNBC loyalists,” Byers wrote. “But from the vantage point of NBC’s C-suite, it has its logic. Wallace is smart, capable, charismatic —’producible,’ as one former NBC executive put it. No one should underestimate how important that is in television, even to a network that caters to liberal political sensibilities.”
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