On Monday, MSNBC announced that Alex Wagner would replace Rachel Maddow at 9 pm.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored and generally upside down with excitement to come back home to @MSNBC to host the 9PM hour, beginning August 16th,” Wagner said on Twitter. “LET’S DO THIS.”
In a statement, MSNBC said Wagner will “contribute to special coverage for MSNBC, including the pivotal midterm elections this fall.”
MSNBC president Rashida Jones pointed to Wagner’s experience covering politics as a reason behind choosing her for the role.
“Alex Wagner in the 9pm hour was a clear choice. Her unique perspective—built on more than two decades in journalism—and tenacious reporting in the U.S. and abroad will help our audiences contextualize what matters,” Jones said in a statement released by MSNBC on Monday. “I am looking forward to watching Alex thrive in MSNBC’s primetime lineup.”
“I’m honored to be anchoring a key hour of television in such a critical time for American democracy,” Wagner said in her own statement. “In many ways, the stakes have never been higher, and there’s no better place to explore this moment than MSNBC. I’m thrilled to be coming home.”