Ed Schultz closed his final weekday show on msnbc Thursday night by thanking his viewers, his team, and his wife of 16 years for supporting him during his time as host of the 8 p.m. show.
Schultz said he looked forward to telling real American stories on msnbc. "We're going to build those hours to be the best hours in cable," he said.
"This is what The Ed Show has always been about, this is what The Ed Show is always going to be about: the people on the road, the stories, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker—those middle-class Americans who are fighting for a fair share, and their dream, their piece of the pie of this great country," he added.
Schultz encouraged viewers to continue watching The Ed Show in April when it moves to its new time from 5-7 p.m. on msnbc weekends, and urged his audience to stick around for the 8 p.m. hour during the week to watch new primetime host, Chris Hayes, who Schultz called a "great, brilliant young talent." Hayes' new show will begin April 1.