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MSNBC bows Carlson yakker

Former 'Crossfire' host returns with primetime show

The bowtie is back.

Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC primetime skein, “The Situation With Tucker Carlson,” will bow June 13 at 9/10 p.m. PT.

The show will dissect the news of the day with in-depth interviews with business, cultural and political leaders. Carlson will have free rein to share his own views, said MSNBC prexy Rick Kaplan.

Show follows “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” and replaces a rebroadcast of “The Abrams Report.”

Carlson made his name as a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” His contract with CNN expired early this year; talks to renew broke down over his desire to host his own primetime show.

Carlson was shoved into the media spotlight last fall, when Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, guesting on “Crossfire,” lambasted him as, among other things, a “partisan hack.”

For the past several months, MSNBC has been building a show around Carlson. The show will compete with Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” and CNN’s “Larry King Live.”