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Mehdi Hasan Departs MSNBC After Show’s Cancellation

“Tonight is not just my final episode of The Mehdi Hassan Show, it’s my last day with MSNBC. Yes, I’ve decided to leave.”

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Late last year, it was announced MSNBC had cancelled the weekend show helmed by Mehdi Hasan. Now, the host has announced he’s departing the network altogether.

During the final episode of The Mehdi Hasan Show Sunday, the host shared his admiration for his colleagues before noting he would be leaving NBCUniversal completely.

“It’s been an absolute blast to host this live show on MSNBC for the past three years, with an amazing team of producers behind me. And with all of you watching at home, it’s been a privilege. It’s been a pleasure,” said Hasan. “But as we begin 2024 — with an election coming, a war still ongoing, too many Trump trials to honestly even keep track of, and with this show going away — I’ve decided that it’s time for me to look for a new challenge.

“Tonight is not just my final episode of The Mehdi Hassan Show, it’s my last day with MSNBC. Yes, I’ve decided to leave. To be clear I am so proud. So so proud of what we’ve achieved on this show on this network. And I can’t thank you enough for tuning in, for your support, and for your feedback. But as I say, ‘New year, new plans.'”

Hasan’s exit comes after a reshuffling of MSNBC’s weekend lineup left him without a timeslot. His views on the Hamas/Israel conflict were widely panned by many other news media pundits, with reports surfacing that both he and Ali Velshi were taken off the air due to their opinions on the topic, which MSNBC denied.

The Mehdi Hasan Show aired on Sundays at 8 PM ET. Additionally, he hosted a Peacock-exclusive program on Tuesdays.

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Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February

In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

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Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.

Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.

In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.

It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.

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CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.

Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.

In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.

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Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House

“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”

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After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.

“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.

Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.

The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.

On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.

Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.

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