Way Too Early

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Way Too Early
Way Too Early Logo
Current Show Title Card
Genre News
Presented by Thomas Roberts
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Location(s) New York City
Running time 30 Minutes
Original channel MSNBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run July 27, 2009 – present
Preceded by First Look
External links

Way Too Early is an American morning news show airing weekday mornings on MSNBC. It premiered on July 27, 2009, and is hosted by Thomas Roberts. The original executive producer was Chris Licht, who was also the co-creater and executive producer of Morning Joe before leaving MSNBC to become executive producer of CBS This Morning and Vice President of Programming at CBS.

The shows are similarly themed, although Way Too Early is not branded "Brewed by Starbucks" like Morning Joe, and have similar graphics packages. They are also broadcast from the same set and frequently reference each other.


Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, announced the show on July 15, 2009, and described it as a "pre-game show" for Morning Joe.[1] Mike Barnicle often filled in for original host Willie Geist, jokingly referring to the show as "Way Too Old (or Elderly) with Mike Barnicle", while Peter Alexander also covered for Geist. On September 24, 2012, NBC News announced that Geist would be named co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of Today, filling the co-host slot formerly held by Savannah Guthrie (who now anchors the 7-9 a.m. portion of the morning program).

On May 8, 2013, MSNBC announced that CNBC reporter Brian Shactman would be the new regular host of Way Too Early. He began his anchoring duties for the show on May 13, 2013.

On January 3, 2014, MSNBC announced that Thomas Roberts would be the new regular host of "Way Too Early" starting on January 13.


Regular segments on Way Too Early include:

  • Three Questions – Beginning the show with three video clips of newsworthy events from the previous day, and poses an open-ended question relating to them.
  • The News – A fast-paced round-up of the previous day's and overnight news.
  • All Up In Your Business – Business and market-related news, with analysis from the CNBC London bureau.
  • The Weather – National forecast from The Weather Channel, currently provided by NBC meteorologist Bill Karins.
  • Sports – Highlights of the top sports stories.
  • Morning Buzz – A "wake-up call" phone segment to a prominent figure, celebrity, correspondent, or politician to discuss a news topic.
  • Sound Smart – Random fact or some other piece of information to help you "sound smart" during the day.
  • The Cooler – Soft news stories and other conversation starters.
  • Why Are You Awake? – At the beginning of the program, Roberts asks viewers to email or text in reasons why they are awake at the early hour the show airs, and some of the more creative or unusual answers are read by the show's producer in its final segment.


Substitute hosts[edit]

Substitute hosts for the show have included Luke Russert, Savannah Guthrie, Peter Alexander, Mike Barnicle, Jonathan Capehart and Mark Halperin, along with Bill Karins hosting the entire program.

Notable incidents[edit]

Expletive incident[edit]

On April 23, 2014 Mike Barnicle used the word "fuck" on air at the opening of the transition to the Morning Joe show while onsite at Wrigley Field .[2]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
First Look
MSNBC Weekday Lineup
Succeeded by
Morning Joe