Ed Schultz booted from prime-time slot on MSNBC

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MSNBC’s blusterous Ed Schultz is being booted from a prime-time 8 p.m. weekday slot beginning in April.

Schultz announced at the end of his program Wednesday that he will be moving to a weekend time slot, airing at 5 p.m., as reported by TV Newser.

Chris Hayes will take over his weekday time slot on MSNBC, according to the New York Times:

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protégé of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. On April 1 he will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Schultz said that the decision to move to the weekend was his alone, TV Newser notes.

“I raised my hand for this assignment for a number of personal and professional reasons,” he said. “My fight on ‘The Ed Show’ has been for the workers and the middle class. This new time slot will give me the opportunity to produce and focus on stories that I care about and are important to American families and American workers.”

Yeah, right. Exactly how many folks are watching political talk shows at 5 p.m. on a Saturday?

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