Jen Psaki officially joins MSNBC as pundit after stepping away from White House podium

Psaki will serve as an analyst on NBC and MSNBC's election programming through the midterms and 2024 presidential election.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will be hosting a show on MSNBC's streaming service, set to debut in 2023, the network confirmed on Tuesday.

Additionally, Psaki will serve as an analyst on NBC and MSNBC's election programming through the midterms and 2024 presidential election.

Psaki's salary has not been made public, though Daily Mail reports that it could be "upwards of seven figures."

In February, though, Psaki bashed cable news, saying that the industry is "dying," but did praise streaming services.

She said as much in a conversation that occurred in a February 18 episode of "Literally! With Rob Lowe."

"The minute the news media became ratings driven, emotion and conflict drive story, story drives ratings, so that squeezes out rational discourse and everybody now gets the news that they want to get," said Lowe.

"Yeah," said Psaki. "You know, I think there’s such an interesting — so I’m going to give you an optimistic view on this right now, which is — cable news is dying, right? The ratings are dwindling, right? And there’s dwindling readership as well of a lot of national newspapers."

"I’m not sure that’s the optimistic view, but I’m getting to a point," she said, saying that streaming services could lead to "a form for creating a range of content that is informative" rather than driven by ratings and "Democrats and Republicans yelling at each other on a set."

TV and streaming gigs are not rare for those who once worked at the White House. Former advisor and senior spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris signed an exclusive deal with MSNBC to host a Peacock Show last year, and Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined Fox News as a commentator.

Others to do so include Sean Spicer who joined NewsMax, and Bush White House official Nicole Wallace who joined MSNBC, among others.


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