MSNBC has officially named Joy Reid host of a new evening news and opinion show titled The ReidOut, the cable news network announced Thursday.
“I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity,” Reid said in a press release. “I’ll always be proud of the work we did on AM Joy by pushing the envelope and tackling pragmatic conversations. I’m eager to carry that same energy into the 7 p.m. hour where we can continue to build on bringing in diverse, smart, and accomplished voices to the table on topics that are important to our viewers.”
The Washington, D.C.-based news program will feature conversations with politicians and newsmakers while addressing political issues both inside and outside of the beltway.
“I’m thrilled to have Joy on five nights a week,” added MSNBC President Phil Griffin. “She’s thoughtful and brings so much depth to her reporting. She’s made for this moment.”
The announcement came two weeks after news reports began to surface that Reid would take over the network’s 7 p.m. slot previously held by Chris Matthews, who abruptly resigned from his role as host of Hardball in March amid sexual harassment allegations.
Reid joined MSNBC as a contributor in 2011. She currently hosts MSNBC’s AM Joy, a weekend morning show which features interviews and news content. Previously she hosted The Reid Report from 2014 to 2015. She made headlines two years ago for homophobic remarks on her blog. The MSNBC host initially blamed hackers, but later publicly apologized.
Her previous experience includes working as managing editor for TheGrio.com, as a columnist for the Miami Herald, and a producer and host for Radio One. She served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiative and was a press aide on former President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.
She recently wrote the New York Times best-seller The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story.
The ReidOut will premiere on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. ET on MSNBC, kicking off the cable news network’s primetime lineup. Tina Urbanski will serve as executive producer.