MSNBC extends Rachel Maddow’s contract to 2014

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 18:41 EDT
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MSNBC has signed Rachel Maddow to a new contract in a deal that extends her spot at the network at least into 2014, according to TVNewser.

“I’m really, really happy in this job and to have the chance to extend it for a few more years, especially with the year we’re about to have, is a real blessing,” she told the New York Times.

“This deal was about wanting more years doing what I’ve been doing.”

Her new contract comes amid a lawsuit seeking in excess of $50 million. Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, filed a lawsuit against Maddow in July for reporting on the anti-gay, anti-Muslim rhetoric of Bradlee Dean, the head of a heavy metal-based Christian ministry in Minnesota.

Maddow’s career is over,” Klayman said.

Maddow’s new contract comes after Keith Olbermann abruptly left MSNBC for Current TV in January. An interim MSNBC host, Cenk Uygur, left the network last month because “they didn’t want to challenge power.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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