Maddow returns to MSNBC to spin her gradual exit from daily primetime as a good thing

 

Rachel Maddow returned to her MSNBC show Monday evening after a two-month break only to announce that while she’s back, it’s going to be in a limited capacity only.

Nothing screams burnout louder than Maddow returning from a hiatus only to announce that she will be appearing on her own program once a week beginning in May — the odd arrangement also screams just how desperate MSNBC is to retain the ratings Maddow draws as the top show on the network.

“It’s nice to be back,” Maddow said Monday night. “I’ve been away from the show for a few weeks. I took a hiatus to give myself a little reset and also to work on some other MSNBC projects that I’ve got cooking.”

Explaining that it has been “fantastic” to be away for so long, she added, “I am really grateful for it. I know it is an unusual thing to get in this business. I’m very grateful to MSNBC and MSNBC’s president for letting me do it. I’m profoundly grateful to the staff on the show to keep everything running, for doing such great work while I was gone.”

After praising network colleague Ali Velshi, Maddow began talking about taking another break sometime in the near future.

“But I am back. I said when I left before that I might eventually be taking another hiatus later on this year,” she said. “That things were fluid, we’d be taking it one step at a time. That’s also true-ish. But, one of the things I realize while I was on hiatus working on these other projects these past few weeks, one of the things I realized to my surprise is that I actually don’t really need another hiatus. ”

Maddow commented on having “all these other irons in the fire,” noting that the other “projects” she is working on are slow developing.

“So here’s the plan, I’m back, I’m gonna be here all this month Monday through Thursday night,” she said, adding that her appearances will increase to cover important events like the election. “Then starting next month, starting in May, I’m gonna be here weekly. I’m gonna be here on Monday nights. Again, to give myself just more time to work on some of the other stuff that I’ve got cooking for MSNBC and NBC.”

Talk about wishy-washy, she then said: “And again, this might change. We will see how things go. But, that is the plan as of now. So, now you know.”

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