Rachel Maddow takes a break from MSNBC

Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated anchor on MSNBC and one of the most influential personalities in liberal media, is set to take a break from her late-night cable schedule, according to two people on the network with knowledge of her plans.

His hiatus is expected to last several weeks and no return date has been specified, the sources said, requesting anonymity to describe private discussions. She is expected to address her viewers on Monday and begin her leave after Thursday’s show.

It’s hard to overstate Ms. Maddow’s importance to the MSNBC brand. Its 9 p.m. show is a popular destination for liberal viewers, and it’s consistently the only prime-time program in cable news that comes close to Fox News’ ratings.

Ms Maddow was widely expected to take time off from her 9pm show this year to pursue other projects, although many in the industry predicted her break would be in the spring.

Whether she’ll return to a full slate of late-night shows, or cut back her schedule to something less grueling, has been the subject of speculation among some MSNBC anchors and producers. The network declined to comment ahead of Ms. Maddow’s broadcast on Monday.

Ms. Maddow won’t be absent entirely: She’s expected to make occasional appearances on MSNBC throughout her hiatus, including for the network’s coverage of President Biden’s State of the Union address in March. For now, a rotation of replacement anchors will handle the network’s 9 p.m. slot.

His new contract with the network, signed last year, allows him to focus on a variety of endeavors beyond his nightly show. His decision to take a temporary hiatus was first reported by Insider.

One of the projects she will be working on during the hiatus is a podcast produced for NBCUniversal, one of the people said. She’s also working with actor Ben Stiller on a film adapted from “Bag Man,” a podcast she hosted about the 1970s scandal involving Spiro T. Agnew, who resigned as vice president of Richard Nixon.

MSNBC executives are reconfiguring a shifting schedule. Brian Williams, once the popular host of 11 p.m. on MSNBC, left the network late last year. MSNBC announced last week that he would be replaced by anchor Stephanie Ruhle, with “Morning Joe,” the network’s morning franchise, adding an extra hour at 9 a.m.

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