Rachel Maddow To Announce Hiatus From Show

Variety reports:

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow plans to take a hiatus in order to focus on other projects she is working on as part of a broader content deal with NBCUniversal, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The anchor, who is the linchpin of the cable news outlet’s primetime schedule, is expected to tell viewers about her planned absence, which is slated to start Friday, during this evening’s broadcast.

Maddow is taking time to work on a Focus Features movie based on her book and podcast “Bag Man” about a political bribery scandal. It will be directed by Ben Stiller and Maddow will be an executive producer. The influential anchor is also developing a new podcast.

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