MSNBC Cancels 'Live With Thomas Roberts'
The anchor is in discussions with executives about a new role at the network.
Thomas Roberts’ afternoon show Live With Thomas Roberts has been canceled. The anchor’s last day at the desk was Friday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sources at MSNBC say that Roberts, who began anchoring the two-hour block in early 2015, is currently in discussions with MSNBC executives about a new role at the network. A source tells THR that Roberts could get some airtime on NBC's Today while shifting to weekends on MSNBC, where the network is also looking to beef up its breaking news coverage.
Roberts' star ascended in early 2015, when he was tapped to helm the 1-3 p.m. block that was previously occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Ann Reid. At the time, it was part of a return to a more news focused approach during the day, which has been a mandate of NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andrew Lack.
Like the rest of cable news, MSNBC has seen substantial ratings improvement thanks to the volatile 2016 presidential election. But the network still finished behind CNN and Fox News in November, which included a stunning election night victory for Donald Trump. MSNBC grew incrementally in primetime and total day (Monday to Sunday) among viewers compared with numbers in November 2012. But among the critical 25-54 demographic, primetime and total day were down 20 and 24 percent, respectively.
There are no immediate plans to name a replacement for Roberts in the 1-3 p.m. block. Instead, the network will rotate existing anchors in that slot.
An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment.