After three years on the job, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is leaving his TV spot.
“Think of it like ending a Broadway play,” Ratigan told the Times, adding that he is looking to put his words from television into action.
The New York Times report adds that current 3 p.m. host Martin Bashir will be taking over the 4 p.m. hour. Bashir's program has been a part of MSNBC's afternoon lineup since its Feb. 28, 2011 premiere.
Ratigan joined MSNBC in June 2009, arriving from his post as host of CNBC's "Fast Money." He started off with the 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. weekday slot.
"What draws me to MSNBC is that they have offered me a 2-hour forum to discuss any and all political issues with no directive other than to provide compelling content," said Ratigan at the time.
Ratigan also posted a blog on The Huffington Post about his departure.
They are pointing us -- through their actions in history and today -- on a clear mission to seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges. Bea Cohen and millions of other women did this in the past. Millions of men and women are doing this now -- simply by daring to create new, sustainable, tolerant, problem-solving cultures in almost every social, personal and financial system.
It is in this context that I have decided to leave cable news to collaborate and join with some of these leaders to experiment and explore new ways to tell their stories.
"While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a presidential election, to me, the timing couldn't be better," he wrote:
In fact, the thrill of an opportunity to expand new systems that cost less and give us more in every part of life is impossible to pass up. I believe if we are honest about where we are now, honest about where we want to go and honest about how we are going to get there, we may well end up as the hero of our own stories. While I don't know exactly how my own story will develop, I hope to share some initial details with you soon. In the meantime, keep in touch at DylanRatigan.com.
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