Lawrence O’Donnell to Headline New MSNBC Show, Finally

June 15, 2010

(ChattahBox)—After years serving as a MSNBC political contributor and fill-in host for Keith Olbermann’s Countdown, Lawrence O’Donnell is finally being given his own show. MSNBC announced today that the former West Wing writer and producer will host a program during the 10 a.m. time slot, which currently is filled with a Countdown rerun.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin hailed O’Donnell’s talent in a press release:

“Lawrence O’Donnell is an incredible talent, who our audience has gotten to know throughout the years, most recently as Keith Olbermann’s principal guest host on ‘Countdown,'” said Griffin. “It’s great to have another anchor of his caliber on the network” “This makes us a bigger and better network,” added Griffin.

O’Donnell responded to the news with a subtle inference of: What took so long? O’Donnell, who also contributes to the Huffington Post, has been with MSNBC for 14-years. “Now that the network and I have gotten to know each other, I’m thrilled to be going full time,” said O’Donnell.

Keith Obermann welcomed O’Donnell to the full-time MSNBC team via Twitter, writing “Congrats L-O’D!”

O’Donnell is indeed incredibly talented. He won an Emmy for his work on NBC’s “West Wing” and has a recurring acting role in HBO’s “Big Love.”

And politically, O’Donnell brings unique Capitol Hill insider knowledge to his new program. He worked as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and was Chief of Staff for the powerful Senate Finance Committee and the Environment and Public Works panel.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bbsrock/Lawrence O’Donnell in Manchester, NH


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