Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch

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Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch
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GenreNews program
Political journalism
Presented byDonny Deutsch
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)New York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Original networkMSNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMay 4, 2019 (2019-05-04) –
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Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch was an American politics program hosted by Donny Deutsch and airing on Saturday night at 8 PM eastern time on MSNBC. The program first aired in May 2019 as part of MSNBC's expansion of its weekend programming. Following the August 17, 2019 show MSNBC and Deutsch announced that the show would not be returning in spite of strong ratings in its time slot.

Deutsch previously was the host of The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2004–2008) on sister network CNBC. Deutsch also has been a frequent guest on the MSNBC programs Morning Joe and Deadline: White House.[1]

Format and programming[edit]

The show is "billed as an interview program with Deutsch interviewing politicians and newsmakers in a one-on-one format, a break from cable news normal fare of punditry panels."[2]

The program is shot in MSNBC's Studio 3A, the home of Morning Joe and Deadline: White House.[2]

The first episode of Saturday Night Politics with Donny Deutsch included interviews with 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and shoe designer Steve Madden.[2][3]

Other guests have included 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, former United States Representative Barney Frank, and CNBC host Jim Cramer.

Reaction from President Trump[edit]

On the night of June 8, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted reactions to the show. He wrote that Deutsch's show "is a disaster" and that Deutsch's claim that he was friends with Trump is "false."[4] He also stated that Deutsch is "a total Loser."[4] Shortly after this, Trump tweeted again that "I know it is not at all ‘Presidential’ to hit back at the Corrupt Media" but that "Problem is, if you don’t hit back, people believe the Fake News is true."[5]


The first episode of the show drew 919,000 viewers, placing second for the time slot, ahead of CNN Newsroom but behind Fox News' Watters' World.[6] In the first eight weeks on the air, Deutsch's Saturday Night Politics averaged just 74,000 viewers in the 25–54 demographic bracket.[7]


  1. ^ MSNBC. "Donny Deutsch". MSNBC: Saturday Night Politics. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c NewscastStudio. "MSNBC expands Saturday night programming with Donny Deutsch interview show". NewscastStudio. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ Concha, Joe. "MSNBC's Donny Deutsch to launch new show with Buttigieg interview". The Hill. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b Papenfuss, Mary. "Trump Goes On Rant Against 'Little Donny Deutsch,' Admits It's 'Not Presidential'". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ Politi, Daniel. "Trump Slams MSNBC's Donny Deutsch, Admits Attacks on Press Are Not "Presidential"". Slate. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  6. ^ Concha, Joe. "Donny Deutsch new MSNBC show finishes second in cable news debut". The Hill. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  7. ^ Mediaite, TV (2019-06-25). "Donny Deutsch's New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch". Mediaite. Retrieved 2019-06-27.

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