21:20, December 19 250 0

2016-12-19 21:20:10

 

MSNBC cancels gay anchor Thomas Roberts’ show, but won’t say why they did it

MSNBC viewers who tuned in at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon expecting to see Thomas Roberts were bitterly disappointed.

On Sunday, the out anchor confirmed to his tens of thousands of followers, fans and friends via Facebook that the network canceled his afternoon news program on Friday, but left unanswered the question of what happens to him next.

“MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” debuted in March 2015, replacing the ratings-challenged Ronan Farrow show, and marked only the second program to be anchored by an LGBTQ journalist. No reason was given for dropping Roberts’ show and no official announcement was made. The gossip rag Page Six broke the news.

Although Thomas has anchored from time to time on MSNBC and filled-in as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” the show bearing his name was the second effort by Roberts that the network has canned. MSNBC shelved his “Shift” online program “Out There” shortly after launching the afternoon show.

Roberts did not announce what MSNBC planned for him, saying, simply: “So what’s next? Stay tuned!”

Page Six quoted a source close to the anchor who explained, “Thomas is in discussions to take on a new role with MSNBC in 2017.”

Aside from Roberts and Rachel Maddow the only other out anchor on MSNBC has been Steve Kornacki, who was hired in 2013.


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