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Jen Psaki is reportedly leaving the White House for MSNBC

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will leave her gig later this spring to join MSNBC, according to a new report.

Psaki is in exclusive talks with the cable network and has been in close consultation with the White House Counsel’s office about her impending departure, Axios reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the plans.

Though no deal has been finalized, Psaki has reportedly briefed two senior White House officials on her departure and future plans, two sources told the outlet. The White House press team has not yet been officially informed that Psaki will be leaving.

The tentative deal would place Psaki as the host of a show on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform Peacock. According to Axios, she would also be part of MSNBC’s live cable program on various shows.

Psaki had long been expected to leave the White House for a television appearance, and reports surfaced in February that her services were being sought by both CNN — where she worked as a commentator during the Trump administration — and MSNBC.

Psaki has long been expected to leave the White House for a television appearance.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki has long been expected to leave the White House for a television appearance.
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At the time, Psaki laughed at a question seeking to confirm the report, saying she would still work at the White House for the time being.

“I have more than enough to do here. And that’s why you can’t get rid of me completely just yet,” Psaki told reporters.

In May 2021, the press secretary announced that she plans to retire from administration sometime this year.

Psaki and her family greet Joe Biden at the 74th Annual Turkey Pardon on November 19, 2021.
Psaki and her family greet President Biden at the 74th Annual Turkey Pardon on November 19, 2021.
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“I think it’s time for someone else to take over this job in a year or a year or so,” she said on a podcast with CNN analyst David Axelrod at the time.

Psaki has not informed the press since March 21. The following day, she announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her to miss President Biden’s trip to Belgium and Poland. Her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, took her place and tested positive on her return to the United States last weekend.

Psaki’s departure would follow several departures from Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, including that of former spokeswoman Symone Sanders, who also signed an exclusive deal with MSNBC in January to host a show about Peacock.

Psaki aboard Marine One with President Biden on March 23, 2021.
Psaki speaking with President Biden on Marine One on March 23, 2021.
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It’s not uncommon for former administration officials – like press officers – to join networks as commentators or hosts.

Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany works as a commentator for Fox News, while another former Trump press secretary, Sean Spicer, hosts his own show on Newsmax TV.

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