MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell may be on his way out according to a new report from HuffPost.
That report details allegations that, although O’Donnell’s contract will soon expire, no negotiations have thus far taken place towards the end of renewing it.
Although this isn’t a given as to answering the question of whether or not O’Donnell will continue at the network, it indicates that he might not, because it’s highly abnormal for news organizations to let contracts with major hosts come within four weeks of expiring.
Individuals inside the network apparently tell HuffPost that NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is no fan of O’Donnell, with reasons given for that ranging from Lack disliking the liberal slant of O’Donnell’s show to him disliking the host on a more personal level. The latter dislike apparently stems out of the host refusing to have his show moved from the 10 PM slot to the 6 PM slot.
Only time will tell if this report is accurate or not. Should O’Donnell leave MSNBC, it would mean that one of the apparent biggest ratings grabbers for the network would be gone — although, apparently, Lack is of the opinion that O’Donnell is just riding on Rachel Maddow’s coattails. Still, O’Donnell’s show has routinely beat out Sean Hannity’s for viewers among 18 to 49 year olds.
Notably, there are some rumors that O’Donnell could be on his way out in an effort to appease the President.
Of those rumors, HuffPost says:
‘According to three sources, Trump has pressured MSNBC President Phil Griffin to fire O’Donnell on multiple occasions… Griffin and O’Donnell enjoy a cordial relationship but Griffin’s power as the President of MSNBC has been diminished by Lack since he returned in 2015. As a result, Lack will be the one to decide whether O’Donnell stays and under what terms. ‘