Thomas Roberts, the MSNBC anchor who hosts “MSNBC Live” from 11-12 a.m. ET, will become the new host of “Way Too Early” from 5:30-6:00 a.m., the network announced on Friday.
He’ll also contribute regularly to “Morning Joe,” the 6-9 a.m. program hosted by Joe Scarborough, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in the announcement.
“This is a very exciting opportunity and right in line with my career goals and aspirations,” said Roberts. “I really admire what Joe, Mika, Willie and Brian have built with ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Way Too Early.’ I am flattered to join this morning family. I also appreciate Phil’s faith in me and can’t wait to get started.”
“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in
to “Morning Joe.” Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the “Morning Joe” table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” Griffin said. “I’m proud of the excellent work Brian Shactman did on ‘Way Too Early’ and thank him for a job well done.”
The news of Roberts’ move was first reported on Thursday by the Daily Caller, a conservative publication.
MSNBC will announce a new host for the 11 a.m. hour “in the coming weeks,” the network said.