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Greta Van Susteren Moves from FOX to MSNBC--She's Playing For the Other Team!

Fox host of "On the Record," will do "For the Record" at MSNBC


January 9, 2017

Megyn Kelly is not the only Fox Anchor switching networks. Kelly starts at NBC next week. In September, Van Susteren left Fox in a Huff, possibly over the Bob Ailes sexual harassment scandal. Rather improbably, starting at 6 PM on Monday, Greta Van Susteren will be doing a show at MSNBC called for the Record.

Will her fans feel like she's crossing into enemy lines? Asked MSNBC anchor, Rachel Maddow. "I just think they should give me a chance. I'm interested in the facts, and people don't always agree, my husband and family don't always agree with me. I want to do a really good job for the voters and the viewers at home. These are really serious times, and I just want to put a spotlight on the facts," she told Rachel Maddow

"You've been particularly good at getting all the Republicans to talk to you. Do you feel that was specific to you being at Fox, or will theyt want to talk to you over here?

"As certain as I am of everything, I'm never 100% certain. I'm not here to gun anyone down, I want to hear what they want to say," said Van Sustern

Greta Conway Van Susteren, 62 is an American commentator and television news anchor for NBC News, anchoring a program on the network's cable news channel, MSNBC. Van Susteren was formerly employed at Fox News Channel, where she hosted On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. A former criminal defense and civil trial lawyer, she appeared as a legal analyst on CNN co-hosting Burden of Proof with Roger Cossack from 1994 to 2002, playing defense attorney to Cossack's prosecutor. In 2016, she was listed as the 94th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, up from 99th in 2015.

During coverage of the O. J. Simpson murder trial, she appeared regularly on CNN as a legal analyst. This led to her stint as co-host of CNN's Burden of Proof and The Point.

Van Susteren made a special celebrity guest appearance on the Cartoon Network original series Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1998.

In 2002, Van Susteren switched to the Fox News Channel after a highly publicized contract-bidding war. She hosted the current affairs show On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.

In 2012, an orphanage and school opened in Haiti called The Greta Home and Academy, which Greta and her husband helped found alongside Samaritan's Purse.

In 2014, Van Susteren criticized a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Dwayne Stovall, who was challenging two-term incumbent John Cornyn in the primary election on March 4, 2014, after Stovall ran an advertisement calling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Cornyn's superior in the Senate leadership, an ineffective "Beltway turtle". Until the controversial advertisement, the media had largely ignored Stovall's candidacy. Van Susteren called Stovall a "jerk" for running the ad: "You can be clever and funny in ads ... or you can be gratuitously insulting."

On September 6, 2016, she resigned from Fox News. She was not able to say goodbye on-air, as the network immediately filled the On the Record anchor spot with Brit Hume. Van Susteren, who said that Fox "has not felt like home to me for a few years," chose to take advantage of a clause in her contract that allowed her to resign from the network immediately: "The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait."

In early 2017, Van Susteren signed on with NBC News to anchor the 6 P.M. ET program on its 24-hour cable news channel, MSNBC. The program, entitled For the Record, will launch January 9.


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