NEW YORK – Don’t call it a demotion.
Despite reports that he was pushed out of his prime-time slot on MSNBC after four years of a nightly show on the liberal cable news network, Ed Schultz insists his move to a Saturday and Sunday show on MSNBC was his decision.
“This was my move,” he said Thursday.
In an interview with The Forum hours before his final show in the weekday 7 p.m. slot, the former Fargo talk show host said he volunteered to shift to the weekend to lighten his load, which includes his three-hour nationally syndicated talk show on radio.
“I’m 59. I’m not getting any younger, you know?” Schultz said, a day after disclosing the departure on his TV show Wednesday night. “I was just getting tired of the grind in many respects. It’s something I had to get away from.”
A daily routine of TV and radio has meant 13- and 14-hour days, Schultz said, a whirlwind of work that had prompted MSNBC President Phil Griffin to check with Schultz regularly to see how he was holding up.
Knowing that Griffin was looking to beef up its original programming on the weekend and get away from its documentary repeats – “the doc’ block,” as Schultz called it – he approached Griffin about a month ago with the idea, he said.