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MSNBC apologizes for Cinco de Mayo segment

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MSNBC is apologizing for a Cinco de Mayo segment that featured a staff member onscreen wearing a sombrero, shaking maracas, and taking a swig from a bottle of tequila.

The network said Tuesday the interlude on its Way Too Early show Monday featuring correspondent Louis Burgdorf and host Thomas Roberts wasn’t intended to be disrespectful. The show apologized online and will express its regret Wednesday on the air. READ FULL STORY

'Late Night with Seth Meyers' promo: Guess who's not ready for airtime? VIDEO

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@LateNight Seth hasn’t tweeted once yet. latenightseth.tumblr.com has been reserved, but bears no posts. Yet there is evidence online that Seth Meyers will, in fact, take over Late Night this February — thanks to a brand-new YouTube account, which recently posted its very first video: a bouncy promo for Meyers’ new show.

Turns out those empty social media accounts are thematically appropriate: The gist of Meyers’ first promo is that his show really isn’t ready for air. (That seems about right; Meyers said in the most recent issue of Time that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to feature a band or a DJ.) The clip shows Meyers leaving the set of SNL, then offering to take viewers on a tour of his new digs, which happen to be just “30 feet” away from his old studio. Once he arrives, though, Meyers finds a room filled with equipment — nowhere near in shape for a late night broadcast. It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts named host of 'Way Too Early'

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be getting used to early hours as the new host of the network’s Way Too Early program. READ FULL STORY

Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC following Sarah Palin comments

Martin Bashir has announced his resignation, effective immediately, from MSNBC.

The host’s departure follows his controversial comments about Sarah Palin on Nov. 15, in which he called her a “world-class idiot” for comparing the federal debt to slavery, and suggested others should “sh–” in the former Alaska governor’s mouth for the remark.

Bashir released the following statement:
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Alec Baldwin to 'restore balance' to MSNBC, according to promo -- VIDEO

“Responding to criticism, MSNBC has turned to a man who can restore balance to an unbalanced network,” MSNBC host Ed Schultz says at the top of the following clip. “A man who will address the great issues of our time while keeping his emotions in check. Above all, a man who values reason over passion and provides a soothing voice for these troubled times.”

Who could Schultz be describing — Brian Williams? Morgan Freeman? The ghost of Edward R. Murrow, perhaps?

Nope: It’s Alec Baldwin, who jumps into frame as Schultz is finishing his speech. Turns out we’ve been watching a commercial for Baldwin’s upcoming current events and culture talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, all along. Given the look of dismay Schultz shoots Baldwin, it’s safe to call this ad firmly tongue-in-cheek — which bodes well for the future of the Emmy winner’s show. (Funny Baldwin is much more fun than rage-filled Baldwin.)
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Alec Baldwin gets MSNBC talk show

MSNBC’s prime-time lineup is getting some star power with Alec Baldwin, at least for one night a week.

The cable news network announced Thursday that the actor will host Up Late With Alec Baldwin, a current events and culture talk show to air Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The show is modeled after a podcast he’s been doing for WNYC radio in New York, interviewing personalities like David Letterman, Dick Cavett, and Republican political strategist Ed Rollins.

The network said the show will begin in October. The two-time Emmy winner for 30 Rock and 16-time host of Saturday Night Live may be back in familiar territory. But MSNBC says it hasn’t been determined yet whether Baldwin’s show will tape at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

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