Rachel Maddow is said to be taking a break from her prime-time talk show on MSNBC to focus on film and podcast projects, including a film directed by Ben Stiller.
Maddow told staff at the Comcast-owned left-wing network that she will be stepping down for a few weeks to devote time to her side projects, interested in trade reported on Monday.
It is expected to announce the move to viewers during Monday evening’s broadcast.
Maddow executive will produce Focus Features based on her book and podcast, “Bag Man,” about a political bribery scandal.
Her absence is expected to last a few weeks, after which she will return to host an hour-long nightly talk show. Maddow will also contribute to the network’s coverage of major live events.
Last year, Maddow signed a lucrative $30 million per year contract until 2024 to stay at MSNBC.
The terms of the deal allowed Madhu to cut back on her nightly schedule so that she could work on other media projects including broadcasting and podcasting.
Maddow is said to be looking into creating another podcast as well as other projects in collaboration with Phil Griffin, who recently resigned as MSNBC’s president.
Maddow’s hiatus comes amid major changes in the network.
Last week, the network announced that long-time business reporter Stephanie Ruhley will fill in Brian Williams’ place at 11 p.m. And that “Morning Joe” will expand its daily broadcast for four hours every morning.
Williams, the former NBC Nightly News anchor who was reassigned to MSNBC after he lied about his reporting about the war in Iraq, hosted “The 11th” for five years before retiring in December.
In October, MSNBC President Rashida Jones said she was still “finding out” what the network’s prime-time lineup would look like once Madhu stepped down.
Jones, who was He was appointed as the head of the network last yearJust shy of her 40th birthday, she said Maddow and MSNBC’s main goal is to find the best home for broadcaster content across the company’s portfolio.
“We have parts of our work that focus on documentaries, that focus on feature-length, written, unrecorded, film, podcast, audio, and all of that stuff,” said the Executive Director of the WTF Virtual Information Summit.
“Part of the process that we’re discovering with Rachel is how do we get to know more of those places?” Jones added.
“We know that the work that she and the team will do every day is of great importance.”
MSNBC has published better reviews of its prime-time shows than rival CNN, but Combined, both networks failed to bring anywhere close to the number of viewers Who watch Fox News every night.