NEW YORK— We know he likes to talk and, love him or hate him, what he says usually draws attention. Well, one cable network is hoping the attention he draws will translate into ratings.  The Reverend Al Sharpton has officially been named the host of a new show on MSNBC, the network announced Tuesday. 

On his new program, “PoliticsNation,” the well-known man of many hats (Baptist minister; political, social and civil rights activist, and current radio talk show host) will lead a lively and informed discussion of the day’s top headlines, MSNBC said.

The announcement may have come as a surprise to some, but was a natural choice for MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

“I’ve known Rev. Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him,” Griffin said. “I’m thrilled that he’s now reached a point in his career where he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show.”

Sharpton has worked with MSNBC numerous times throughout the years, serving as an occasional guest host on several of its programs.

Sharpton said his new role as host is “a natural extension of my life work and growth.” 

This man seems to be unstoppable and, seriously, up with the times (in spite of his questionable hair-do).  He has an impressive presence on Twitter, with almost 60,000 followers.

Besides his work as a community leader and religious figure, he was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.  We look forward to hearing his commentary for the upcoming presidential election while many in this country seem hell-bent on making President Barack Obama a one-term president.  Ok, Sharpton, we’ll be watching.  Congratulations. 

The show will premiere next Monday, airing at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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