With MSNBC Show Cancelled, Greta Van Susteren's Staff Face Unclear Future
The anchor, hired in January, was surprised by the network's decision to pull the plug so soon.
Although Greta Van Susteren's 6 p.m. show on MSNBC has slumped in the ratings in the nearly six months it has been on air, the announcement Thursday afternoon that the network canceled her show was still met with shock across the media industry.
On Twitter Thursday and Friday, Van Susteren expressed concern for her staff, which includes a few employees that she brought over from her somewhat similar Fox News program.
"I am concerned about my staff," she wrote Friday morning. "I hope MSNBC does right by them. They deserve it. OK to fire me, but not them." She said she hopes "the network keeps them as it should."
And, in the event that they leave the network (or are transferred), she said, "Whoever gets my staff at MSNBC will be very lucky-very smart,decent,loyal hardworking...just like my staff at Fox."
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Hollywood Reporter that Van Susteren had four Washington, D.C.-based employees, and likely had others in the control room and studio who worked on the show. Of these four D.C.-based employees, one will stay on with the new team at 6 p.m., hosted by Ari Melber, and three "will need to find new roles within the business," the person said. The network has expressed a desire to find new roles for these employees, which would obviously please Van Susteren.
Van Susteren also had 12 staffers based in New York, and those employees will remain employed, according to the individual.
MSNBC would not discuss how the decision to end the show will affect Van Susteren's team.
While Van Susteren has not granted any interviews about her departure, she has been very introspective on Twitter, and has responded to dozens of messages from both well-wishers and haters. She also revealed that she had taped four podcasts for MSNBC that now will no longer be released.
"I did the best job I could," she wrote Friday. "They had a right to terminate me if they did not like the program."