Lawrence O'Donnell has re-signed with MSNBC ahead of his current contract's expiration on Sunday, the network has confirmed.
With an announcement on "The Last Word" last night, the network's second-highest rated host told viewers he'd stay around "for the next couple of years", HuffPost reports. At the end of the mini-interview with De La Cruz, O'Donnell noted "you know where I'll be in June?"
Keeping the primetime block of O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes, was no doubt a priority for MSNBC in light of the network's recent ratings surge. I'm sorry this situation has become public'.
For the first time in 17 years, MSNBC's Monday-to-Friday performance topped Fox News and CNN among adults ages 25-54. There is no word yet on the terms of his new contract.
Fox News' Tucker Carlson took the top spot for May, with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow right behind him.
As negotiations with O'Donnell dragged out, fans of his program carried out two separate protests outside of the NBC offices in support of "The Last Word".
The network's move toward the political center set off alarm bells for many of MSNBC's progressive viewers, particularly since the channel's ratings have risen to record heights since the Trump administration has been embroiled in numerous scandals.