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Joe Scarborough might get Imus' job on MSNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2007 9:01PM

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Ever since Don Imus made his little, um, faux pas a while back, viewers have been wondering who will eventually take over his morning slot on MSNBC. Right now they have a rotating group of hosts, including Joe Scarborough, David Gregory, and Jim Cramer, but several execs (including network GM Dan Abrams) have been impressed by Scarborough.

Right now Scarborough hosts a nightly show, Scarborough Country, at 9pm after Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Scarborough will again host the morning program next week, and a decision about a permanent host should be made very soon.

Hmmm...I gotta say, does it really make a difference? It would be great to get a good host in there and MSNBC should try to get the best, but if they take Scarborough out of the nightly lineup, what will they put in there? I would assume more "Doc-Block" taped features. Or would they put another show in there after Olbermann and leave the documentaries at 10pm?

I hear Rosie's available...

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janet pauline

Bring back Imus. Put Joe back on the evening program after Olberman; I so looked forward to hearing what he had to say each evening.

Can't stand Mika, she has such a stupid giggle like some third grader.

I find myself turning to Good Morning America which I never did before when Imus was on. Please, please bring him back...he always spiced up everything. He got a raw deal.

July 19 2007 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


June 26 2007 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked Imus, he really kept us informed about politics, the war in Iraq and so on and he was not afraid to call Cheney war criminal.
Now that Imus is gone, I like to wake up to Joe and his crew.

June 23 2007 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
connie lorenz

i enjoy the morning joe show very much..i also like mikka and john..when imus was fired i was no longer going to watch msnbc but this show changed my mind.. i hope he is kept on permanently.

June 21 2007 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Chamberlain

Joe, we need a poll!


These sell-out-Americans we have elected need to face a future devoid of support from their constituents.

June 21 2007 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alexis noel

So glad to read that many miss Imus--he was the best. If MSNBC has any integrity--why not give the show to Al Sharpton? God knows they'll never have to go through the Imus debacle again since Sharpton can say anything about anyone and never be held accountable!!! No one has the nerve to confront, let alone fire, him.

June 21 2007 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Joe is OK.....(I do miss Imus and his crew) but his co-hosts must go,
Mikka is an airhead and that laugh just frosts my socks.
At least put Charles McCord back as a co-host.

June 20 2007 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will again watch MSNBC in the morning when you bring Imus back. He is entertaining and one of the most prepared interview sources on TV. Scarborough seems to be settling in, but I would like to see all the old gang giving Imus what.

June 19 2007 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan S.

Morning Joe

One can only assume that the “Joe” in the title of this MSNBC morning offering refers both to host Joe Scarborough and to the slang expression “A cup of Joe,” meaning a cup of coffee. The problem is this cup of Joe is merely decaffeinated and warmed over Imus in the Morning. There is none of the caffeineated (to perhaps coin a word) wake up jolt Don Imus and crew brought to MSNBC’s programming, and, as everyone should know, warming over is the worst thing you can do to coffee.

Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman from Florida, is bright enough, though certainly no intellectual. He just isn’t very good on television and brings little depth to his material. He has a good sense of humor, but is not himself at all funny. Lastly, his knowledge of the medium appears extremely limited. While it must be conceded that Scarborough knows the Washington political scene and many of the players very well, it is difficult to believe that MSNBC’s purpose in placing Scarborough in the morning slot was to have a political pundit replacing the very versatile Don Imus.

The personnel surrounding Scarborough is a sometimes strange combination. There to read the news is longtime CBS News Anchor/Correspondent, and now free lance news anchor for MSNBC Mika Brzezinski. Mika is excellent when delivering the news in a straight fashion, but on Morning Joe, where she tries to adlib and be funny, she simply looks silly.

Whether made by Scarborough or MSNBC programming executives, a strange choice for the program is John Ridley, an African-American screenwriter who appears often on NPR. Ridley is quite bright, very articulate, and a bit of a pompous twit.

Much better than Ridley is Chuck Nice, a black comedian and radio personality, who appeared as a guest/co-host with MSNBC News Anchor Amy Robach a couple of weeks ago. Nice, like Ridley, is bright and articulate, and his experience in radio and on VH1, experience Ridley does not have, gives him a decided edge in viewer acceptability.

Perhaps the worst participant so far in Morning Joe is Willie Geist, Senior Producer of the Tucker Carlson show on MSNBC. Geist, son of CBS’s Bill Geist, who does humorous features for that network. Son Willie seems to be pushed on camera more and more by MSNBC. Why? The man is not funny, though Carlson, who uses him on camera as the end segment of each program, seems to think he is. He isn’t particularly knowledgeable about anything other than the trivia of the day: Paris Hilton in jail, Lindsay Lohan in detox, etc. The kind of crap you expect to see in weekday talk shows.

MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams believes Scarborough has really impressed viewers with his performance thus far. If true, then why has that time slot’s ratings and viewing households plummeted 50% since Imus was fired?

One suspects that with the firing of Don Imus MSNBC will never again be a significant factor in the weekday morning competition. At the moment, Fox News dominates the time slot but CNN got lucky. Imus made his regrettable remark about the Rutgers women’s basketball team just as CNN was dumping Soledad and Miles O’Brien as host of American Morning. New co-hosts Kiran Chetry and John Roberts are an appealing team which just may pick up the viewers MSNBC lost and a significant number who may defect from Fox News.

Whatever the final outcome, one must doubt that Joe Scarborough and Morning Joe will gain much of an audience, however much MSNBC promotes and pushes it. Frankly, Morning Joe just isn’t this writer’s cup of tea.

June 16 2007 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marilyn Kicannon

The Morning Joe show is a jabber-giggle fest. Very little entertainment and almost no news. For three hours!

June 15 2007 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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