According to the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC is expected to tap weekend anchor and political analyst Joy Reid to host a news and opinion show in the timeslot vacated when Chris Matthews abruptly resigned in March after he was accused of sexual harassment.
Reid, who currently hosts AM Joy on Saturday mornings and occasionally fills in for Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow, would receive the 7 p.m. timeslot and provide the lead-in for Hayes Monday through Friday.
Returning to the daily schedule would represent a comeback for Reid, who previously hosted the low-rated Reid Report in the afternoon and fell somewhat out of favor in 2018 after some personal blog posts from the mid-to-late 2000s in which she mocked gay people and mocked those that allegedly were gay without providing any proof.
Initially, Reid claimed that she was hacked and defended herself by saying that “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things.”
However, Reid did apologize for some tweets that were hurtful and inappropriate towards the LGBT community.
.@MSNBC‘s Joy Reid addresses homophobic blog posts:
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things … But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.” pic.twitter.com/PWjdPfs5KB
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 28, 2018