July 20, 2011 4:13pm PT by Marisa Guthrie
Cenk Uygur Exits MSNBC
After less than six months at MSNBC, radio host Cenk Uygur is exiting the network. The separation came after MSNBC management declined to give Uyguy the 6 p.m. hour on a permanent basis.
“We have decided to make a change at 6 p.m.,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “It's unfortunate that Cenk has declined our offer to have him develop and host a program for another time slot.”
Technically, Uygur had been the “interim host” at 6 p.m. The Turkish-American hosts the radio show The Young Turks, which became a hit online and brought Uygur to the attention of MSNBC executives.
Al Sharpton – a regular contributor on MSNBC – is expected to get the 6 p.m. slot. He's in discussions with the network about his own show, but there is no deal yet. Sharpton, who often fills in for vacationing MSNBC anchors, has been filling in for Uygur, and he’s raised the hour’s ratings in the process.