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Greta Van Susteren out as MSNBC host

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/29/2017 By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
FILE - This June 19, 2013 file photo shows Greta Van Susteren at the National Press Club in Washington. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Van Susteren tweeted, “I am out at MSNBC.” The network confirmed it, and said she will be replaced at the 6 p.m. hour by a show hosted by Ari Melber.Van Susteren started her nightly show on MSNBC on Jan. 9, 2017. She was a longtime host at Fox News Channel, but left the network in the summer of 2016. She’s had the cable news hat trick: programs on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File): FILE - This June 19, 2013 file photo shows Greta Van Susteren at the National Press Club in Washington. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Van Susteren tweeted, “I am out at MSNBC.” The network confirmed it, and said she will be replaced at the 6 p.m. hour by a show hosted by Ari Melber. Van Susteren started her nightly show on MSNBC on Jan. 9, 2017. She was a longtime host at Fox News Channel, but left the network in the summer of 2016. She’s had the cable news hat trick: programs on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This June 19, 2013 file photo shows Greta Van Susteren at the National Press Club in Washington. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Van Susteren tweeted, “I am out at MSNBC.” The network confirmed it, and said she will be replaced at the 6 p.m. hour by a show hosted by Ari Melber. Van Susteren started her nightly show on MSNBC on Jan. 9, 2017. She was a longtime host at Fox News Channel, but left the network in the summer of 2016. She’s had the cable news hat trick: programs on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Greta Van Susteren's stop at a third cable news network proved to be short. MSNBC said Thursday that she's out after less than six months at the network, to be replaced by Ari Melber.

Van Susteren began hosting a Washington-based 6 p.m. weeknight show at MSNBC on Jan. 9, joining the network after her 14-year run at Fox News Channel ended last summer following a financial disagreement. Before joining Fox, she had her own show at CNN.

But with the Fox and MSNBC audiences usually diametrically opposed, it proved a poor fit. MSNBC has had its best ratings in network history in 2017, but Van Susteren hasn't shared in the riches. It was the least-watched show on MSNBC between 5 p.m. and midnight both Monday and Tuesday of this week, according to the Nielsen company.

On Monday, for example, MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily" at 5 p.m. had 970,000 viewers, and Van Susteren's show dipped to 797,000. When Chris Matthews' "Hardball" started at 7 p.m., the network's audience jumped to 1.45 million, Nielsen said.

The show is ending despite the public backing of Van Susteren's friend and MSNBC's most popular host, Rachel Maddow.

Van Susteren tweeted "I'm out at MSNBC" before MSNBC made its announcement Thursday afternoon. She had no immediate comment about the ouster.

In a note to staff, MSNBC President Phil Griffin called Van Susteren "a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they've hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best."

A lawyer like Van Susteren, Melber is MSNBC's chief legal correspondent and hosts a weekend show, "The Point." He'll begin as permanent 6 p.m. host sometime next month, Griffin said.

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