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Thomas Roberts Named Host of MSNBC Morning Show 'Way Too Early'

MSNBC announced this morning that Thomas Roberts will be replacing Brian Shactman as host of "Way Too Early", a morning show that airs from 5:30 - 6:30 am and will also contribute regularly to "Morning Joe" from 6 - 9 am:

Roberts“This is a very exciting opportunity and right in line with my career goals and aspirations,” said Roberts.  ”I really admire what Joe, Mika, Willie and Brian have built with ‘Morning Joe’  and ‘Way Too Early.’ I am flattered to join this morning family.  I also appreciate Phil’s faith in me and can’t wait to get started.”
 
“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in to “Morning Joe.” Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the “Morning Joe” table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” said Griffin.  ”I’m proud of the excellent work Brian Shactman did on ‘Way Too Early’ and thank him for a job well done.”

“After several months of consideration and discussions with Phil Griffin about expanding my role at MSNBC, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t want politics to be my only focus,” said Brian Shactman. “I want to continue to branch out, making sure my career is not solely defined by that. I’m so appreciative of what Phil, Joe and Mika have done for me and I look forward to announcing my next venture in the very near future.”


Thomas Roberts Recognizes the 5th Anniversary of the Iconic NOH8 Campaign: VIDEO

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Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.16.05 AMTo celebrate the 5th anniversary of the NOH8 Campaign last week, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts invited on the campaign's co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley to discuss its impact and look back on the many diverse faces that have participated in the silent photographic protest.

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To date, over 33,000 individuals have taken photos for the campaign. 

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Thomas Roberts on World Leaders Attending or Not Attending the Sochi Olympics: VIDEO

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Thomas Roberts spoke with Human Rights First official Shawn Gaylord about recent news that no French officials (including the president) will attend the Sochi Winter Olympics over Russia's human rights abuses and requests from activists that out gays and lesbians be included in the official U.S. delegation.

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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor and AllOut's Andre Banks Talk 'Principle 6' with Thomas Roberts: VIDEO

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Yesterday we reported on the collaboration between Athlete Ally, AllOut, and American Apparel on a new 'Principle 6' line of protest merchandise meant to draw attention to the plight of LGBT people during the Sochi Games in Russia.

The apparel, they argue, is a way to avoid the country's ban on 'gay propaganda' while at the same time expressing solidarity with those affected by oppressive anti-gay laws.

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Donald Trump Still Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage, Claims to Be 'Evolving': VIDEO

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Miss Universe host and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts spoke to Donald Trump in an interview conducted prior to the Miss Universe pageant on Saturday, asking Trump why he chose to go to Moscow for the pageant.

Said Trump:

"When we did it we didn't know this was such a controversy. Perhaps we should have known but we didn't. And after we signed it became quite controversial....As you also know, we have a lot of gay people who work at Miss Universe, and we spoke to them, we said, ‘What do you think?’ And they said, ‘We want to go. We want to show our stuff.’ And I like that attitude.'"

Roberts also asked Trump about his views on marriage equality, which have not changed:

"Well, I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage....I am for traditional marriage. I am for a marriage between a man and a woman. I've been that for, that's the way...can it change? I don't know. But my stance right now is traditional marriage."

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Thomas Roberts Speaks Out Against Russia's Anti-Gay Laws on Miss Universe Red Carpet: VIDEO

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While last night's Miss Universe telecast did not, unfortunately, provide an opportunity for host Thomas Roberts to make any kind of statement about Russia's anti-gay laws from the stage, he did take a moment to do so on the red carpet.

Said Roberts to Russian state-run network RT: 

“I know the law is very vague and still hard to interpret for many people. But it is discrimination and that’s definitive. And I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere should be marginalized to that degree. We are not asking for special protection. We’re just asking for equal respect."

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Roberts made headlines in mid-October by deciding to host the event. LGBT advocates were troubled that Roberts would choose to lead the pageant in light of the country's anti-gay laws, and because of the conservative views of the pageant's owner Donald Trump, who opposes gay marriage, among other things.

Said Roberts at the time: "I choose to offer my support of the LGBT community in Russia by going to Moscow and hosting this event as a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay. Let people see I am no different than anyone else."

Earlier this week, Roberts filed an interview with a Russian journalist who was fired after coming out of the closet on the air in August.

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