TV Host Kasie Hunt Announces Her Exit From NBC News & MSNBC — Inside Her Plans for a New Job
Kasie Hunt revealed this month during a live broadcast that she was leaving MSNBC and NBC News for greener pastures. It’s been announced that the television host has been snagged by CNN.
Last Friday, during the live broadcast of Katie Hunt’s early-morning MSNBC program, “Way Too Early,” she shared that she was leaving the network. The television personality started her announcement by stating:
"Got a little bit of bittersweet news for me this morning..."
She revealed on the day that the broadcast she was making was going to be her last one. Hunt explained that she wasn’t going away from the industry completely as she had something planned for the next few weeks.
In the post's caption, she thanked her fellow reporters, loyal viewers, lawmakers, and all those who woke up extra early to make her show better. Hunt confessed that she’d loved doing the show and promised more soon.
The star’s co-worker, Daniel Norwick, responded to Hunt’s departure with a heartfelt Twitter post. He admitted that he would miss working with his friend on “Way Too Early” and “Morning Joe.”
Norwick shared how Hunt had always brought so much to the table but promised that the show would go on. Hunt retweeted the post and said she’d miss working with Norwick and their amazing team.
She confessed that after spending a few days sleeping in, she could be counted in as one of Norwick’s loyal viewers in the future. An MSNBC spokesperson said the show would continue with various MSNBC stars hosting.
Hunt started working for NBC News in 2013, where her role has grown over the years. She even had the opportunity of working as an off-air producer before getting her own Sunday night MSNBC program.
The host's 2017 show was called “KasieDC,” she then took over the outlet’s early-morning slot on weekdays. The News Capitol Hill correspondent also served as a regular presence on “Meet the Press” and “NBC Nightly News.”
She also had the pleasure of filling in for news anchor Chuck Todd on his “MTP Daily” show. Hunt also got to co-anchor NBC News’ coverage with Todd on big political nights on NBC News Now, the new streaming outlet.
My ❤️ https://t.co/scIbQ8Nw6e— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 16, 2021
The star previously worked for the Associated Press and Politico. After announcing her departure, Hunt posted a tweet from her husband, Matt Rivera, of their son being allowed to break TV viewing rules on that day.
Both CNN and Hunt haven't confirmed nor denied the claims made by the insiders about the television host’s next big move.
The little boy was seen pointing at a blurry television screen that appeared to feature his mother. A Deadline source familiar with her plans revealed that the television personality planned to join CNN.
Some personal news, as they say — thank you to all of the viewers, reporters, lawmakers and everyone else who’s gotten up extra early to help make @WayTooEarly better. I loved doing this show. More soon! #WayTooEarly pic.twitter.com/k3ULeqRZJI— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 16, 2021
It’s said that Hunt would be focusing on streaming content as the network develops a streaming service, with reports stating it would be called CNN+.Variety, while two people had confirmed Hunt’s move.
The publication revealed that CNN was trying to hire dozens of people to help its move into the streaming arena. An insider said the host was offered an annual salary of between $1 million and $1.5 million.
NBC News allegedly said it felt it simply could not match the salary offered by CNN to Hunt. The source even suggested that the television personality could start appearing online at moments of great national importance.
Such events could include things like presidential elections. Both CNN and Hunt haven't confirmed nor denied the claims made by the insiders about the television host’s next big move that she hinted at in her farewell speech.