Buried in the third-to-last paragraph of Brian Stelter’s New York Times story about MSNBC coming to relish its role as the “anti-Fox” is this nugget:
Several MSNBC employees, who spoke about programming plans on the condition of anonymity, said the most likely candidate for a new show was the Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein, a frequent substitute for Ms. Maddow. Mr. Klein may start with a weekend time slot, but these people said the 8 p.m. weekday time slot held by Mr. Schultz was also a possibility.
Schultz, who has hosted “The Ed Show” since 2009 on the network, now anchors MSNBC’s 8 p.m. weeknight slot. Klein often guest hosts “The Rachel Maddow Show” during the 9 p.m. hour.
Klein’s broadcast style is more in line with that of Maddow — more soft-spoken and analytical than the loud, bombastic Schultz. Schultz memorably broke down on air after the Wisconsin recall election in June.
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