Rachel Maddow has been a fixture in the liberal mainstream media. She’s hosted The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC since September 2008.
It’s hard to imagine MSNBC without her — but soon you may not even need to use your imagination.
Maddow is seriously considering leaving the network, The Daily Beast reported. They cited six people familiar with the situation.
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Maddow has entertained other offers in the past, according to insiders who spoke to The Daily Beast. However, she has reportedly become much more open to leaving MSNBC. She has reportedly expressed her desire to spend more time with her family and escape the toll of a live, daily, primetime broadcast.
Discussions of Maddow’s future have included podcasts, newsletters, and television streaming services, according to one source for CNN Business.
Maddow has been especially drawn toward streaming and podcasting. She believes that podcasting and streaming would allow her more time for her personal life and for other professional projects.
Plus, a subscription-based medium, like a podcast or a newsletter, might result in a big payday for Maddow. These formats may also be less personally taxing than going on live TV at 9 p.m. every weekday.
Maddow has already dabbled in podcasting and other audio formats. Before her TV show, she hosted a radio program. In 2018 she hosted MSNBC’s liberal podcast Bad Man, an account of the 1973 investigation that ended Spiro Agnew’s career as vice president.
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There is also nothing stopping Maddow from starting her own media company in the future.
To explore the next steps, Maddow left her longtime talent agency and hired talent agent Mark Shapiro.
Shapiro is representing Maddow in her negotiations in her contract negotiations. He told The Daily Beast, “Nothing has been decided. We are deep into it with NBCUniversal and Rachel has an excellent relationship with them.”
MSNBC representative Lorie Acio emailed The Daily Beast to say, “We don’t comment on employee matters.”
Maddow’s contract with MSNBC will expire in early 2022, and the negotiations have reportedly been dragging.
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Maddow has hosted MSNBC’s highest-rated program. She embodies MSNBC’s brand of liberalism with her frequent defenses of former President Barack Obama and attacks on former President Donald Trump.
And she may be off the air soon.
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