Al Sharpton had a daily show that has now been canceled. Although Al devoted four years to his Politics Nation Monday through Friday on MSNBC, Sharpton now has been relegated to weekend shows, reported the Associated Press.
The move appears to be part of the changes instigated by NBC News head honcho Andrew Lack, who is seeking to focus more on mainstream shows.
For Al, that means the end of his daily shows, which conclude September 4.
Although some say that Sharpton’s show was canceled because he attempted to host a news program that included racial controversy while immersing himself in his political activism passion, Al doesn’t see it as a demotion or a slap for trying to combine straight news with his own activism.
Instead, Sharpton views his show being canceled as helping to fulfill his goals, reported the New York Daily News.
The change means that Al’s Politics Nation will air 8 a.m. Sunday mornings starting Oct. 4 rather than 6 p.m. every weeknight. Sharpton described himself as very happy that his daily Monday through Friday evening shows are cancelled because he feels he can appeal to more people as well as persuade A-list celebrities and people in the news to come on his show.
Moreover, Al claims that the new time slot is perfect.
“A Sunday morning host is what I always wanted to be. I never wanted to be a weeknight pundit. I wanted to be a Sunday morning newsmaker. I wanted to be Dr. Martin Luther King, not Larry King.”
Sharpton will vary between taped and live Sunday shows, and also plans to preach in church that same morning. Al pointed out that by starting at 8 a.m., his new Sunday morning show sets the agenda for others such as Meet the Press.
“Everybody that deals with policy watches the Sunday morning shows,” asserted Sharpton. “I believe I can help set the policy tone.”
And although Al’s shows are cut down in number each week, Sharpton’s show was canceled just in time to give him more freedom to travel throughout the nation with the movement of presidential candidates.
Another aspect of Al’s life that has given him more freedom to move, literally, is the weight loss of 176 pounds, as the Inquisitr reported.
Sharpton began his weight loss program with a primarily plant-based diet. But then, based on his doctor’s input, Rev. Al went from vegan to vegetarian by incorporating eggs.
Breakfast consists of three slices of whole wheat toast, tea sweetened with stevia, and green juice. Sharpton’s main meal occurs at noon, at which time he consumes a vegetable salad with a hard-boiled egg, a banana, and more tea.
At night, Sharpton drinks green juice, emphasizing that in general he follows a vegetarian diet for his health and continued weight loss success.
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