Al Sharpton Named Host of Nightly MSNBC Show

by | August 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM | TV News

Al Sharpton (MSNBC)

Al Sharpton (MSNBC)

After guest hosting MSNBC’s “Live at 6 p.m.” show for nearly two months, Rev. Al Sharpton now has a permanent spot on the network to call home.

Sharpton will host the newly-titled “PoliticsNation” weeknights at 6 p.m. beginning August 20.

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him. He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests,” said MSNBC’s President, Phil Griffin.“I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show. ‘PoliticsNation’ is going to be an incredibly strong kick-off to our evening schedule.”

The network promises that, “in his new role, Sharpton will lead a lively and informed discussion of the top headlines, bringing viewers his take on events in his signature style.”

Sharpton said, “I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ’Lean Forward. It is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”

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