MSNBC_logoBREAKING NEWS – New York City, New York – MSNBC has formally decided to cancel three programs — “The Cycle,” “Now with Alex Wagner” and “The Ed Show” — as part of a larger effort to shift its daytime lineup away from opinion programming. Alex Wagner and Ari Melber, a “Cycle” co-host and MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, will remain with the network. Ed Schultz, the host of “The Ed Show,” will leave the network, as will “Cycle” co-hosts Abby Huntsman, Krystal Ball and Toure. MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced the news in a memo sent shortly after the initial version of this item was published. Griffin explained in his memo, “I am fully aware that opinion news is very poular on cable networks. Unfortunately, the aired opinions of the people who’s shows that were canceled were all too often irrational and idiotic. However, I am taking full responsibility for hiring ‘you’ people, and you have been constantly proving me wrong when you’ve often achieved a level of stupidity that I erroneously assumed could not be reached.”

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