Van Susteren Tweets She is Leaving MSNBC

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Greta Van Susteren announced via Twitter Thursday that she is leaving MSNBC after just six months with the network.

“I am out at MSNBC,” the host of For the Record With Greta tweeted.

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An internal staff memo from MSNBC President Phil Griffin described the split as a mutual decision by both parties.

“MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways,” the memo said, according to CNN.

“Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best.”

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Griffin added that Ari Melber, the network’s chief legal correspondent and host of The Point, will take over Van Susteren’s 6 p.m. time slot.

Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, indicated to CNN that the parting was not mutual.

“They let her go,” he said, adding, “We’re working out contract issues now.”

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The former Fox News host joined MSNBC in January, but her show failed to attract the same heightened ratings that other programs on the network have enjoyed in the first months of the Trump administration.

According to Vanity Fair, who broke the news of Van Susteren’s departure right as she tweeted it, “For the first time in 17 years, the network beat both Fox News and CNN in prime-time viewership on weeknights in May amongst the crucial 25-to-54 age demographic.”

“In the full second quarter, according to ratings released by Nielsen earlier this week, the network came in second behind Fox for total day viewers, but its growth from a year earlier outpaced both its rivals,” the article said.

Van Susteren’s show, however, failed to pick up steam, and reached just 797,000 viewers when it aired Monday.

Prior to her stint with MSNBC, Van Susteren worked for Fox News, and before that, CNN.