Maddow Advances; Oprah, Sick of Self?

Dan Abrams out. Rachel Maddow in. Lord, MSNBC. Why did that take so long? Abrams gave it the old college try and was sometimes not half bad, but every now and then he actually made me miss Joe Scarborough and that’s not a good thing.

Sayeth The Huffington Post:

Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host — and one-time general manager of the network — Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.

The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams’s last program on Thursday. After MSNBC’s extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.

MSNBC is highlighting the date, 9/8/08, connecting it to the start of the Olympics on 8/8/08, as a way to signal what the network’s president, Phil Griffin, said “will be the final leg of the political race this year.” He added, “We making that Rachel’s debut.”

Mr. Abrams, who is well liked at MSNBC, is expected to remain at both that network and at NBC News, where he is the chief legal correspondent. He will also serve as an anchor during some of MSNBC’s daytime coverage, as well as a substitute host on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Griffin said.

Maddow is smart, funny and representing herself (and her peeps) nicely. And someone finally convinced her to wear “some” lipstick. I realize lipstick is a superficial thing and Maddow isn’t that sort of woman, but this is TV. Even the dudes wear make up. It’s part of the uniform. As long as it’s subtle and they don’t try to doll her up like Dolly Parton she should be cool.

Rock on you crazy liberal.

Also, The New York Post is reporting that the Big “O” — Oprah Winfrey, not Barack Obama — is considering stopping her narcissistic reign as the sole cover model of her O Magazine.

But Oprah’s peeps are denying any such thing:

Oprah Winfrey is super-busy, so it’s no surprise she’d want to delegate her more tedious duties. One source said, “Oprah has told the editors at O magazine she’s tired of being on the cover every month. It’s a pain. It takes a lot of time and energy and she’s sick of it. She’s given them six months to figure out what to do without her.” Meanwhile, the magazine’s newsstand sales are down 17 percent from last year and circulation is down 1.7 percent. A rep for the monthly said, “Oprah Winfrey has appeared on the cover of O . . . since its launch in 2000, and she will continue to do so. In fact, shoots for three upcoming covers will take place in early September.”

Her ego is still that huge. She wants, needs to be on the cover, so stop hating if she’s so flipping rich she can put herself on the cover of her own mag and sell self-help and diet tips to the world.

9 thoughts on “Maddow Advances; Oprah, Sick of Self?

  1. on the huffington post the headline is “Maddow replacing Abrams effective immediately” those sound like fightin words lol. what happened? whats up with all the “abruptness”-is that i word?i feel like im missing something..

  2. whitraye: I think it came down to Rachel’s hot and Abrams is not. I liked Dan, but I knew Rachel was getting her own show after they started having her sit in for Keith instead of Alison Stewart. She was too dynamic and MSNBC heard the sound of revenue potential, so it was back to the background.I originally thought she was getting the part before Hardball after Tucker Carlson was unceremoniously dumped. But this is a most interesting development.

  3. Someday I will have a magazine that is only cover shots of me, because really, that’s what the people want. But I’m excited about Maddow coming to TV, she’ll still be doing her Air America show as well, there will just be more Rachel for everyone!

  4. The magazine carried out a survey asking the readers who they would like to see on the cover on a monthly basis – Oprah or someone else. Like me most people chose Oprah. Why would we want to see someone else? Had not for Oprah, I would hardly ever see a black person on the cover of a magazine.

  5. Yay on Rachel! [But, not only does she need the lipstick/gloss/whatever–girlfriend could seriously benefit from wearing some really tiny stud earrings of some kind…]I didn’t know she has a PhD!

  6. Disappointed that Maddow didn’t replace the wretched David Gregory. The Keebler Elf was annoying, but he was better than Gregory.

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