(VIDEO) The Young Turks Cenk Uygur out at MSNBC; Al Shapton may permanently take his place

Cenk Uygur at Streamys 2010Image by andysternberg 
Cenk Uygur out at MSNBC as
network considers have Rev. Al
Shapton host the first prime-
time cable network show,
with a African-
American.

This story has been updated with Cenk Uygur video response on his MSNBC firing on 7/21.


Cenk Uygur of  The Young Turks (TYT) as been dismissed from his interim 6PM EST “MSNBC Live” time shot on the Comcast owned network, according the Variety.com

We have decided to make a change at 6 p.m.,” said a MSNBC spokesman. “It’s unfortunate that Cenk has declined our offer to have him develop and host a program for another timeslot.

Representatives for Uygur state he would “discuss the truth surrounding his departure from MSNBC”  on Thursday morning. 

Instead, Uygur released a video explanation on his “Young Turks” program on Wednesday.
Back in 2009, Uygur made a very public bid for the network’s 10 p.m. slot in 2009, writing in the Huffington Post that “I would like to announce my candidacy for the position” and promising to beat Greta Van Susteren in the ratings.


Soon there after, MSNBC decided to go with former President Bill Clinton Adviser Lawrence O’ Donnell for the lead prime-time hour, instead and air Ed Schultz‘s “The Ed Show” at 6PM.
After former 8PM anchor host Keith Olbermann left the network in January 2011, O’ Donnell was moved to the 8PM EST time with Schultz’s program changing to 10PM EST. With the network hole in the 6PM spot, Comcast/MSNBC decided to give Uygur an opportunity but, it appears that was a unsuccessful effort.
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Rev. Al Shapton may take
over as host of MSNBC’s
6PM EST time slot.

Uygur had been listed as “interim host” at “MSNBC Live” since he started in the position earlier this year, without a bump in title or a change to the show’s name.

Earlier this week, rumors that Rev. Al Sharpton would replace Uygur began to circulate after Sharpton’s two-week guest-hosting stint gave the show a ratings bump over rival CNN. A spokeswoman for Sharpton states that there had been “no formal discussions” between Sharpton and MSNBC. 
Variety.com cites that in the realm of TV news negotiations, that can often mean mean “he’s considering it.”
Other sources in the TV news biz say that Uygur’s agent had been shopping around a new show with the political commentator either on CNN with has a open spot at its’ 8PM hour after Eliot Spitzer was dismissed by the network or on Current.TV, where Keith Olbermann is the Chief News Officer and show host. 


Olbermann, though this Twitter account announced on July 21st that Uygur will be a guest on his Current TV network program, Countdown.
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