MSNBC weekend morning anchor Joy Reid will reportedly take over the time slot that one-time host Chris Matthews occupied before exiting the network several months ago. If true, Reid would become the first Black woman to anchor a primetime cable-news show.

Reid, who currently hosts “AM Joy,” has been one of several other hosts, including Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes, who has filled in temporarily in the coveted time slot vacated by Matthews after allegations of sexual harassment. Matthews hosted “Hardball” on MSNBC since 1999 before quitting after accusations of making inappropriate comments.

Citing unnamed sources who have knowledge of the ongoing situation, The Wall Street Journal reported that MSNBC is “close” to making an announcement that Reid will emerge as the new host of the MSNBC’s 7 PM time slot.

This would establish her as the lead-in to its block of prime time programming, All In With Chris Hayes,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.”

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