After around only six months on the air, Greta Van Susteren is parting ways with MSNBC.
In an internal memo, MSNBC president Phil Griffin wished Van Susteren well.
“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,” he wrote.
Griffin also announced Ari Melber, the network’s chief legal correspondent and host of “The Point” on weekends, will become a permanent host in the 6 p.m. time slot starting next month.
In the meantime, the network will rotate out hosts.
Van Susteren confirmed the news on her Twitter Thursday afternoon.
I am out at MSNBC -
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 29, 2017
The anchor left Fox News after 14 years back in September. She said publicly that the decision came down to contract disputes and involved her taking advantage of a clause in her contract that would allow her to leave. She said in a Facebook post that the network “has not felt like home to me for a few years.”
This came after Fox News had reached a settlement in a case involving sexual harassment allegations against former CEO Roger Ailes. Van Susteren had defended Ailes, but later said she regretted it, slamming Fox News execs in the process.
Her MSNBC show, “For the Record With Greta” aired in the 6 p.m. time slot. She hosted the similarly named show “On the Record” over at Fox.
Read Griffin’s full memo below.
As we continue to grow and evolve as a network during one of the most newsworthy periods in recent history I have important news about our 6pm hour.
MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways. 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.
I’m also pleased to share that Ari Melber, MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent and host of the “The Point” on weekends will become the permanent host of the 6pm hour next month. Ari is a frequent presence on TODAY and across various MSNBC shows and will continue those appearances as he takes on his new duties.
As you know, Ari has filled in for our prime time hosts, showing a natural ease with the anchor chair. Before Ari starts, we’ll have a rotation to cover six o’clock.
Please join me in wishing Greta well as she departs. We have enjoyed having her on our air and we’re thankful to her and the show team. Please also join me in welcoming Ari to this exciting new role where we’re confident he will continue to shine as he has since he started with MSNBC.
And let me take this moment to again recognize the hard work, drive and focus that’s propelled us to the best ratings this network has ever seen. Thank you.