Carlson to MSNBC a Done Deal

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As expected, former Cable News Network Crossfire co-host Tucker Carlson will join MSNBC.

MSNBC president Rick Kaplan said Carlson -- who will continue to host PBS’ weekly Tucker Carlson Unfiltered -- will join the news network next week and will host a 9 p.m. show, currently in development, scheduled to bow during the second quarter.

"Tucker and I have a long history together and I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with him at MSNBC," Kaplan said in a prepared statement.

"He is without a doubt one of the sharpest minds and best writers in this business,” Kaplan added. “His passion and enthusiasm are both energizing and remarkable. He is truly a pleasure to work with."

"This is a tremendous opportunity to do something creative and original in cable television," Carlson said in a prepared statement "MSNBC is on the move and I'm thrilled to join the team."

Earlier this year, CNN-U.S. president Jonathan Klein elected not to renew Carlson’s contract and decided to shutter the long-running Crossfire as he moves toward implementing a lineup favoring more news reporting and story-telling than debate-type fare.

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