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Pundit in prime at MSNBC

Carlson fills slot left by Deborah Norville

NEW YORK — MSNBC topper Rick Kaplan has announced the signing of Tucker Carlson as host for a new primetime show to debut sometime in the second quarter.

Carlson fills a slot left by Deborah Norville, who ankled her 9 p.m. show to devote her energies to “Inside Edition.” Carlson was a co-host of CNN’s political shout show “Crossfire,” recently canceled by CNN U.S. prexy Jon Klein.

Klein weighed retaining the 36-year-old conservative pundit, whose contract with CNN expired in January, but Carlson wanted to host his own primetime show.

Kaplan gave Carlson his start at CNN as an executive there and said he was eager to work with him again. “He is without a doubt one of the sharpest minds and best writers in this business,” Kaplan said.

Move pairs Carlson with conservative pundit Joe Scarborough, whose show airs at 10 p.m.

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