MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren suddenly announced on Twitter that she is leaving the network. She joined the network just six months ago after leaving Fox News last fall.
Susteren returned to MSNBC after 14 years at Fox News. Her new show, For The Record debuted on January 9 and aired at 6 p.m. ET. Vanity Fair reported that she was leaving the left-leaning cable network just a minute before she confirmed the news herself on Twitter.
CNN’s Brian Stelter also tweeted that Van Susteren’s husband confirmed to him that she was leaving the network.
“Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.
The magazine notes that Van Susteren’s show hadn’t attracted the same kind of ratings boost MSNBC’s other shows have earned since President Donald Trump took office. She will be replaced by MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, who hosts the Sunday night show The Point. He also appears on several other MSNBC and NBC News programs, including the Today Show.
The 63-year-old Van Susteren, who is married to John P. Coale, joined Fox News in 2002. She left the right-leaning network in September, amid the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal. Susteren wrote on Facebook that she regretted not believing Gretchen Carlson’s claims of sexual harassment against the late Fox News CEO.
“I regret that Roger Ailes was not supervised by those in a public corporation who had the duty to supervise him,” Van Susteren wrote on Facebook. “This included his seniors, the CFO’s of both Fox News Channel and 21CF (and its predecessor NewsCorp), the Board of Directors and what I assume this public corporation had, outside auditors. Checks written that were suspicious should have been spotted.”
In am interview earlier this month with the New York Times, MSNBC chief Andrew Lack hinted that Van Susteren’s show was the one weak link in the network’s lineup. While even Brian Williams has succeeded, her show was ranked third behind Fox News and CNN.
“It’s not breaking out,” Lack said of Van Susteren’s show. “Everybody wants every new show to break out Day 1. I think it takes time, and I’ve got a lot of patience.”
Van Susteren wasn’t the only Fox News talent NBC News attracted. Megyn Kelly is hosting a Sunday night show and will soon take over the 9 a.m. hour of the Today Show. MSNBC also has conservative voices in Joe Scarborough and Nicolle Wallace.