Chris Hayes is slated to host the MSNBC 8 p.m. weekday primetime show. When Ed Shultz
first announced that The Ed Show would be moving to a weekend time slot,
one could only wonder who would take over his weekday primetime spot. There was
some speculation that the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein would get the nod to
host a show during this time, but it turns out that Ezra was not selected.
Shortly after hearing about the removal of The Ed Show from the primetime
lineup, I heard that Joy Behar was leaving The View. Call me crazy, but I
thought that Joy would have been an excellent choice for this gig. Joy has been
a co-host on The View since 1997, which means that she has developed a very
strong following. I may not be a TV executive, but I believe that with her name
recognition, no nonsense attitude, and her ability to add humor to a conversation,
she would be a perfect choice to host a show that would rival Bill O’Reilly
at that time slot.
Then it was time for me come back to reality. Joy Behar isn’t going to be
leaving her job at The View until August of this year. She already has a
TV show on Current TV called Joy Behar: Say Anything! So with all of
those factors, she obviously was not going to be the choice.
Instead, MSNBC chose to select Chris Hayes to be the anchor. Now I have no problem
with this choice, because obviously Chris is an intelligent young host, but I can’t
help but remember a not so flattering encounter that he had with former NY City
Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the first 2012 Presidential debate.
If he can stay away from embarrassing interviews like this one, then I think he
will do really well. In his defense I would like to point out that President
Obama had an awful debate night that very same night, but then he went on to win
the election by a landslide. Hopefully Chris Hayes will follow in those footsteps
and will have much success in his new role.