Skip to comments.Rita Cosby Out at MSNBC (Contract expires on April Fools Day)
Posted on 03/12/2007 9:35:22 AM PDT by LdSentinal
Rita Cosby is leaving MSNBC at the end of the month. Her contract was due to expire April 1 and was not going to be renewed, according to sources familiar with the matter.
MSNBC cancelled Cosby's 10 p.m. show, Rita Cosby Live and Direct, in June. The network dumped Tucker Carlson's 11 p.m. show then too to make way for documentary programming.
At the time, Cosby was named head of a new specials unit, but she has been featured sparingly since.
The former Fox News personality gained notoriety for her celebrity pieces, most recently a story on Anna Nicole Smith's private funeral in the Bahamas.
"NBC replaced live programming with taped shows during some primetime slots, including mine," Cosby said in a statement. "I then began discussions with the network about my future interests and expressed my desire to move on.
"I am committed to devoting my attention full-time to my work and obligations at the network. I intend to continue doing so until I leave at the end of the month. I wish all of my MSNBC and NBC colleagues the best for the future. As of April 1st, I will begin to explore the new opportunities."
She was known to get some of her "breaking news" here at FreeRepublic.
MSNBC gets left with Matthews and Olberman--its now officially the rabid dog network.
Good riddance to rancid rubbish.
I guess her form of trash TV didn't do too well there. But frankly, I'm not sure how anyone at MSNBC gets renewed.
Wonder if FOX will take her back?
I saw her a few weeks ago and she has gotten her voice fixed. Much better now.
So.... the "Money Honey" won't be replaced by the "Money Moose"?
Well, they took Geraldo back, so anything is possible.
She cut back to ONLY 2 packs of cigs a day now?
Her reporting for Fox during 9/11 was pretty good. She should never have left. They gave her meaty stuff to work on. I think she is a good reporter who flourishes under a good editor. PMSNBC doesn't have good editors. Look at the judgment that goes into their programming. Hope Fox takes her back.
I'll bet she gained 200 pounds since she lost her show.
"Wonder if FOX will take her back?"
God help us all. Noooooooooooo!!!!!! As it is, I send them daily "get rid of Geraldo" email.
MSNBC seems to run these "life in prison" and other kinds of pre-packaged things over and over. It has occured to me that they don't have the money to run the kinds of shows they want - and need - to run to remain a player in the cable news mileu.
I liked Rita Crosby, except for her weird voice.
Would like to see Monica Crowley and Linda Vester again.
You mean she doesn't sound like she gargles with gravel anymore?
I knew Rita's mother, we were neighbors and walked our dogs together in the morning for several years before she passed away. Rita is basically a solidly middle-class kid who did well at the start-up FoxNews and got too big for her britches there and then went to PMS-NBC. Too bad.
For real, or are you joking?
Cosby is a lousy on-air personality.
I think Rita Cosby was/is good at
the stuff she does, and has a
rolodex of contacts that any
reporter would give a years pay
I don't think she should have \
left FNC, but i'd rather watch
her, than Geraldo...he's
degenerated back to the kind
of smamy stories he used to
do, that got him his sleazy
to 'Geraldo: Intrepid WOT Reporter'?