Ed Schultz returned to MSNBC on Saturday with his new weekend show and accused the GOP of trying to "smear Hillary Clinton."
Earlier this year, Schultz said that he was turning his primetime weekday show into a two-hour program on Saturdays. Though Schultz and MSNBC insisted the move was the host's decision, rumors had swirled that the network was looking to replace him. Weekend host Chris Hayes took over Schultz's primetime slot last month.
Schultz discussed a number of stories during his energetic return, including healthcare, his wife's battle with cancer, social security and more. By exception of a new snazzy opening and a new segment in which Schultz answered questions from viewers, "The Ed Show" was similar in tone and content to his former primetime show.
During a segment on Benghazi, Schultz said that "the Republican effort to make the September 11th attack on Benghazi into a scandal is really about one thing and one thing only: Hillary Clinton."
He said that Republicans were looking to "smear Hillary Clinton and distract us from the issues that Americans really care about, which is why on Wednesday Republicans held their ninth hearing on Benghazi ... and still failed to produce a smoking gun."
Schultz added that the hearings on Benghazi were being used as a way to "manufacture an Obama administration cover-up, derail President Obama's agenda and fire up the Republican bases as we head into the midterm election cycle."
On Sunday's "This Week," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told ABC News' Martha Raddatz that he believed that there was a "cover-up" involved in the Obama administration's reponse to Benghazi.