Far-left cable news anchor Rachel Maddow is giving serious thought to a career move that would include her departure from MSNBC early next year upon the expiration of her current contract, according to a report in the Daily Beast.
Sources close to the situation told the outlet that the progressive on-air personality has contemplated accepting other offers in years past, she has recently become far more open to such a change due to the mounting strain of working on a nightly show for years on end.
Maddow herself explained to the New York Times back in 2019, “It’s not good for you to work incessant long days, five days a week, 50 weeks a year for 10 years,” as the New York Daily News pointed out.
A two-week break from on-air activities recently taken by Maddow was, according to the cable news standout, the longest vacation she has ever permitted herself to have.
It is suspected that Maddow would be unlikely to move to a rival television network, but would perhaps launch her own media enterprise that could include endeavors in the podcasting and/or streaming spaces.
The prospect of a Maddow departure is certainly something NBCUniversal executives wish to avoid, considering that the leftist firebrand is the highest-rated host in the network’s lineup, and as such, the top brass may be willing to grant her a lighter schedule better capable of suiting her personal obligations and priorities, as Mediate suggested.
To aid in her current contract negotiations, Maddow recently retained new representation that includes power-player agents Ari Emanuel and Mark Shapiro, the latter of whom took pains to tell the Daily Beast that “nothing has been decided. We are deep into it with NBCUniversal and Rachel has an excellent relationship with them.”
Though the Daily News noted that Maddow had indeed long enjoyed a solid relationship with recently-departed MSNBC president Phil Griffin, contract talks have reportedly become “heated” now that Rashida Jones is at the network’s helm.
Though it is clear that Maddow would be a tough act for any replacement host to follow, given her years of establishing the largest audience of any of her current network’s on-air talent, as of the second quarter of this year, she still trails in the ratings game behind Fox News’ Sean Hannity.