Facing Burnout, Rachel Maddow Is Considering Leaving MSNBC

Rachel Maddow has been MSNBC’s most high-profile on-air personality for more than a decade, garnering an obsessive following for her nightly primetime broadcast where she often beats Tucker Carlson in the ratings. Maddow’s famous work ethic and dedication to getting to the truth has brought her accolades and respect from all over the journalistic map, and her guests often remark on how much they’ve been looking forward to chatting with her (witness Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gleeful first appearance on her show once President Joe Biden was inaugurated).

Whenever Maddow takes a well-deserved break–she just returned from her first two-week vacation ever–her devoted fanbase immediately takes to Twitter to fret over her absence, to the point where anyone filling in for her (usually Ali Velshi, who always does an admirable job, but Nicolle Wallace also filled in during Maddow’s recent vacation) has to open the show by saying, “Rachel is fine, she’s just taking a few days off.” But now it could be that Maddow might be taking a more permanent break from the MSNBC airwaves once her contract is up next year.


Facing understandable burnout, Maddow is said to be seriously considering leaving the network when her contract ends early next year as negotiations drag on amid the temptation to capitalize on her brand to create a potentially lucrative media company of her own. It’s unlikely Maddow would simply jump to another news network; instead, she has been quietly exploring opportunities in the streaming and podcasting arenas, which would allow her more freedom both professionally and personally.

During her Monday evening broadcast, she informed viewers that a two-week break she took earlier this month was the longest vacation she’s taken in her entire life. And during a 2019 interview with The New York Times, Maddow said she realized that between writing a book and hosting her show, she barely has any time to herself.

“I’m realizing now—10, 11 years into this—that it’s fine to work long days,” she told the Times. “But it’s not good for you to work incessant long days, five days a week, 50 weeks a year for 10 years.”

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