MSNBC Ends Donny Deutsch's Politics Show

Lawrence Kim
August 30, 2019

MSNBC's Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch has ended after airing just 13 episodes.

Deutsch's show, Saturday Night Politics, launched in early May during the network's 8 p.m. hour, and was advertised as part of MSNBC's expansion of weekend programming.

MSNBC will replace Deutsch's show with reruns of "All In with Chris Hayes", according to The Hill.

The show's ratings never improved after debuting with 919,000 viewers that month, The Hill reports. "Prior to his MSNBC show, Deutsch played a comedic version of himself on USA's "Donny!" until 2016, hosted CNN's "(Get to) The Point" for a week in 2013, and led CNBC's "The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch" from 2004-2008. It didn't even last the entire summer of 2019, with Adweek reporting that MSNBC cancelled the show following its August 17 episode. He had a brief stint at MSNBC in 2010, but was sidelined after he included colleague Keith Olbermann in a montage of angry media personalities.

While Deutsch interviewed some notable guests, including 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker, his show couldn't compete with Fox News's Watters World.

In June, the president ripped Deutsch on Twitter as "a total Loser", saying Deutsch's show was "a disaster", and that Deutsch and CNN's Erin Burnett "used to BEG me" to appear on "The Apprentice", when Trump starred on that program.

"I'm beyond grateful for all of your help in making it⁦‪@MSNBC⁩ 's highest rated Saturday night program EVER!"

Deutsch said in a tweet that "with summer coming to a close, so does my season run".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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