The premiere of MSNBC’s newest primetime show went awry after an apparent teleprompter malfunction on her first night.
Host Alex Wagner paused and looked confused during her show, “Alex Wagner Tonight,” on Tuesday.
“I am thrilled to be here and honored to have this hour every night Tuesday through Friday’s to spend with you,” Wagner said at the start of her show.
MSNBC gave Rachel Maddow’s 9 p.m. time slot to Wagner after the relatively popular host said she was limiting her television presence to tackle other projects.
“Like most of you watching right now, I’ve been a longtime viewer of the ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ and I hope to live up to the incredibly high standard and she has set in covering the stories of the day and bring in context to this moment that we’re living through together,” she continued.
That’s when the teleprompter apparently malfunctioned, leaving Wagner speechless for a few seconds.
Video of the malfunction was shared widely on social media.
She addressed the snafu later on the show.
“Yes, we sure did have a case of the technical gremlins at the top of the show, but this is the first one so we’ll work it out. Now I think we’ve gotten it all under control,” Wagner said.
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