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Joy Reid replaces Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Here’s why that’s a big deal

Joy Reid will take over the empty nightly news spot on MSNBC starting July 20.

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Joy Reid speaks at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 28, 2019, in New York. MSNBC has picked Reid to fill the 7 p.m. hour that was vacated by longtime host Chris Matthews in early March.

Joy Reid speaks at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 28, 2019, in New York. MSNBC has picked Reid to fill the 7 p.m. hour that was vacated by longtime host Chris Matthews in early March.

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Joy Reid is about to become one of few Black women who are anchors of major evening American news programs, according to the New York Times.

Here’s what’s going on:

  • Starting July 20 at 7 p.m., Reid will replace Chris Matthews — who was forced to resign back in March due to a series of inappropriate behavior in the workplace and on-air indiscretions — on MSNBC.
  • She will be host to a new nightly news show on MSNBC, ‘The ReidOut’, which will focus on political punditry, although Reid also wants to address topics surrounding race and class
  • In a statement to Fox News. Reid said, “I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity. “I’ll always be proud of the work we did on ‘AM Joy’ by pushing the envelope and tackling pragmatic conversations. I’m eager to carry that same energy into the 7 p.m. hour where we can continue to build on bringing in diverse, smart, and accomplished voices to the table on topics that are important to our viewers.”
  • This is a substantial programming move by Cesar Conde, who is the new chairman of NBC’s news networks since no Black woman “currently host a nightly evening show on a major network,” according to the New York Times.

About Joy Reid

  • Reid, 51, rose to fame as being known for her critiques of President Donald Trump and commentating on liberal politics and race, according to the New York Times.
  • Since 2016, Reid has been the host of ‘Weekend Joy’, a weekend talk show on MSNBC.
  • During an interview Wednesday, Reid told theNew York Times that she considers Deborah Roberts and Carole Simpson, two other Black anchors, as her role models.

With the move executives with MSNBC are hopeful that Reid will attract a new and younger audience.

Watch the premiere of ‘The ReidOut’ on MSNBC July 20 at 7 p.m.