Yeah, you stay classy you MSNBC hosts.
MSNBC announced on Thursday that three of their more incendiary liberal shows were being cancelled. “The Ed Show” with Ed Schults, “Now with Alex Wagner,” and “The Cycle” all had their final shows yesterday. “The Cycle” signed off with what might be termed a normal final production.
But Ed Schultz refused to show up for his final show, leaving substitute host Michael Eric Dyson to bid his 25,000 viewers a fond farewell.
First and perhaps most importantly, Ed Schultz wasn’t even present to give his final MSNBC farewell — due to “pre-existing scheduling conflicts,” MSNBC told us.
Instead Michael Eric Dyson guest-hosted the full hour and saved the goodbyes for a question to progressive journalist John Nichols: “What has The Ed Show meant for middle-class Americans over the past six years?”
“If this show wasn’t around, I think some fundamental issues — like trade policy — wouldn’t have been explored,” Nichols replied. At its nadir, The Ed Show only had 25k demo viewers watching.
“He’s a big fellow with an even bigger heart,” Dyson responded. “He’s given his life and devoted commitment to the causes of working-class and middle-class people. That’s something that’s pretty extraordinary.” Nichols added a few words about Schultz’s “courage,” noting that the host had made the humility to change his heart on issues like the Keystone XL pipeline.
“That’s the last Ed Show,” Dyson concluded. “Please follow my brother Ed at WeGotEd.com, goodnight.”
And Alex Wagner, with infantile pique, signed off with an barnyard expletive:
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, in closing the final edition of her canceled liberal commentary program Now With Alex Wagner, said “Woo! Sh*t,” as the camera faded to black one last time.
It is unknown at this time why she did this.
Wagner finished the broadcast by thanking the behind-the-scenes crew of the show, inviting them on-set with her.
”For one last time, that is all for now,” she said, amidst applause. “The Ed Show is up next. We did it! Oh my God, that was massive. Woo! Sh*t.”
Yes, it’s against the rules to utter that word, even on cable. No doubt the FCC will fine the network for allowing such an immature display to go out live, over the air. And if the network has any balls, it would make Wagner pay it.