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Scarborough Now Official Imus' Replacement

Joe Scarborough is now officially the permanent replacement for Don Imus at MSNBC; Dan Abrams steps back as general manager to expand his prime-time hosting role. "Morning Joe" has joined the net's weekday schedule from 6-9 a.m., a slot Scarborough had already been hosting since May 28, after Imus was dumped for his disparaging and racist remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

Scarborough first joined MSNBC in 2003 as host of prime time's "Scarborough Country," which Abrams has been filling since Imus left. He will continue to anchor the 9 p.m. hour Monday through Thursday and will be a presence throughout NBC News as its chief legal correspondent. But Abrams will cede his role as the network's general manager and pass day-to-day responsibilities for the network to NBC News senior vice president Phil Griffin.



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