Carlos Watson has lost his spot as anchor of “Live with Carlos Watson” on MSNBC, effective immediately. Watson will stay on as a contributor, according to Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar, who confirmed the story on Saturday.
Watson was awarded the 11 am ET host position in June of this year, after joining MSNBC as a dayside anchor in March. However, he was never announced as permanent anchor for the time slot.
Watson launched an independent news and lifestyle site in May called The Stimulist. He often used the site to supplement news coverage from his show and eventually the site’s C-Note section became a regular segment on “Live. An extended hiatus was announced on the site at the end of August.
The chief competition at 11am is Fox News’ “Happening Now” and CNN’s “Newsroom.” According to TV by the Numbers, MSNBC’s daytime ratings are down across the board, even for its most dependable hosts, like Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Dylan Ratigan.
TVNewser has confirmed a new anchor rotation for Watson’s slot starting this week with Tamron Hall and Monica Novotny anchoring on Tuesday and Hall and Alex Witt anchoring Wednesday-Friday.