Jen Psaki is reportedly set to leave the White House for an MSNBC concert in May
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jen Psaki plans to quit her post with the Biden Administration to join MSNBC allegedly in May.
According to Axios media reporter Sara Fischer via Twitter, the papers have yet to be signed, but the offer would allegedly make Psaki the host of a show on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, while allowing him to appear as a voice on various cables. shows. It was reported that she would not be replacing Rachel Maddow in the 9 p.m. slot.
Psaki reportedly informed senior officials of his exclusivity deal and planned departure, but has yet to officially inform the White House press team, an administration source told Axios, according to a report. subsequent tweet.
Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich separately confirmed that Psaki will be leaving the White House for MSNBC and reported that the network has beaten CNN in a bidding war, although the deal has yet to be finalized. been signed.
The White House press secretary’s deal would be similar to that of Symone Sanders, a former senior spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris and adviser to the White House. Sanders signed a deal for a show with the network in January, which will air on MSNBC and air Mondays and Tuesdays on Peacock, according to Deadline.
Recently, it was reported that Psaki had been in talks with CNN and other major networks.
FILE – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC. on March 16, 2022.
CNN Acting Co-Chair Amy Entelis and CNN+ Head of Programming Rebecca Kutler traveled to Washington in early February to recruit Psaki, followed by NBC News President Cesar Conde and President MSNBC’s Rashida Jones first reported Puck’s Dylan Byers on February 23.
According to Axios, MSNBC has worked with its compliance attorneys to ensure conversations with Psaki do not violate government regulations and codes of conduct.
Some on Twitter responded to the Axios report with questions about the ethics of PSAki brokering a deal while working in the White House. As Fox News contributor Byron York pointed out, “For the past few months, WH’s spokeswoman has been briefing news outlets vying to hire her.”
Dan McLaughlin of National Review wrote, “Furthermore, members of the White House press team should not negotiate, *when employed by the White House*, with media organizations that cover the White House.
Rory Cooper of reputation management firm Purple Strategies tweeted: “Now that it’s here I don’t know how you stay another day and keep fielding questions from your new employer.”
Others pointed out that the potential new job would not be much different from PSAki’s current role. Substack writer Jim Treacher joked, “Moving from a Democratic-controlled White House to MSNBC is a sideways move,” while RealClearInvestigations deputy editor Benjamin Weingarten asked, “Don’t isn’t she already doing it? [hosting an MSNBC show]?”
It has been speculated that Psaki will leave his job for an opportunity in television, as White House officials, especially communications staffers, often negotiate and accept network jobs after stepping down from their positions.
CBS News hired Mick Mulvaney, a former Trump administration official, as an analyst and contributor for the channel earlier this week.
Kayleigh McEnany and Nicolle Wallace, two prominent Republican administration women, joined cable networks after leaving the White House. McEnany joined Fox News as a co-host and contributor in March 2021, while Wallace has been a host on MSNBC since 2017.
Fox News’ Brian Flood and David Rutz contributed to this report.