"Al Sharpton is leaving MSNBC's weekday dayside lineup, and moving to Sunday mornings," Politico's Alex Weprin reported shortly after 7:30 Eastern this evening at CapitalNewYork.com.
The activist-cum-TV host's last Politics Nation program is slated for September 4. After a month's hiatus -- side note: wouldn't it be hilarious to see Al try to read that word off his Teleprompter? -- he'll start his Sunday morning show on October 4:
"I want to congratulate Al and his team. For four years they have done a terrific job bringing his voice and a big spotlight to issues of justice, civil rights and equality. And as many of you know, The Rev never missed a show," Griffin wrote in the email. "I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Sunday morning newsmaker program."
The 6 pm hour will temporarily be filled by "MSNBC Live," the channel's weekday news program. A permanent replacement will be named "soon after" Sharpton moves, per Griffin.
Sharpton broke the news of his new timeslot to the Daily News.
“I never wanted to be a weeknight pundit. I wanted to be a Sunday morning newsmaker," he told the News. "I wanted to be Dr. Martin Luther King, not Larry King.”
Poor Al. Has he ever preached to a congregation as small as a Sunday morning MSNBC audience?