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March 20, 2015

Openly gay anchor took over two hour block formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid

No one can say that Thomas Roberts hasn't paid his dues.

For more than a year, the newsman rose well before dawn to host MSNBC's Way to Early and to appear on the show that follows it, Morning Joe.

But three weeks ago, Roberts was moved to the afternoon shift on the cable network to take over a two-hour time block that had been formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid.

In his first two-and-a-half weeks, Roberts has quickly more than doubled the ratings of Farrow and Reid who have been given other assignments at MSNBC.

March 3, 2015

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'

Thomas Roberts, a rising star at MSNBC for several years now, launched a new two-hour news program this week and finally his name is in the title.

MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts replaced the canceled Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report in the cable network's 1-3 pm timeslot. It takes Roberts off of morning duties on Way Too Early and Morning Joe.

March 3, 2015

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'

Thomas Roberts, a rising star at MSNBC for several years now, launched a new two-hour news program this week and finally his name is in the title.

MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts replaced the canceled Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report in the cable network's 1-3 pm timeslot. It takes Roberts off of morning duties on Way Too Early and Morning Joe.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 1, 2014

The View co-host says show was not about 'chick fights' when it was launched

Whoopi Goldberg explains her recent spat with Rosie O'Donnell this way: 'Like family, some days you're cranky. There are four of us and some days we're just cranky.'

August 17, 2014

White Collar star has issued challenge to famous friends Mark Ruffalo, Joe Manganiello and Zachary Quinto

Matt Bomer has gotten cold and wet for a good cause.

The White Collar star is one of the latest celebrities to agree to participate in The Ice Bucket Challenge which got started on social media as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS.

ALS is the neurodegenerative condition also referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

In this adorable video, Bomer gets doused on the beach in California by his three young sons with husband Simon Halls.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

January 3, 2014

Roberts will also be regular presence on the network's Morning Joe show

Thomas Roberts will be setting his alarm clock a lot earlier beginning 23 January.

The MSNBC anchor, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists in television news, has been named host of the network's Way to Early show and becomes a regular contributor to Morning Joe.

Way to Early airs weekdays at 5:30 am (Eastern time) and is followed by the three-hour Morning Joe program. He replaces Brian Shactman as host.

January 3, 2014

Roberts will also be regular presence on the network's Morning Joe show

Thomas Roberts will be setting his alarm clock a lot earlier beginning 23 January.

The MSNBC anchor, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists in television news, has been named host of the network's Way to Early show and becomes a regular contributor to Morning Joe.

Way to Early airs weekdays at 5:30 am (Eastern time) and is followed by the three-hour Morning Joe program. He replaces Brian Shactman as host.

December 31, 2013

'I was afraid of people like Phil Robertson, who claim to love everyone while simultaneously thinking that everyone's love isn't equal'

While First Lady Michelle Obama and plenty of other people have been quick to congratulate Good Morning America host Robin Roberts for coming out publicly as a lesbian, others have wondered what took her so long.

CNN's Don Lemon took to the air on Monday (30 December) to shed some light on why he thinks Roberts or any television news personality is still reluctant.

November 11, 2013

Mogul billionaire claims while he is still opposed to marriage equality, his views are very different to what they were 10 years ago

Donald Trump has admitted his views on same-sex marriage are ‘evolving’.

The property mogul has claimed while he is a strong opponent of marriage equality, his views are different to what they were 10 years ago.

Speaking before Saturday’s Miss Universe final pageant to gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the billionaire said he was actually inspired by President Obama’s change of heart.

‘I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage,’ Trump said.

November 8, 2013

'It allows people to abuse and hurt and vilify the LGBT community under the guise of some propaganda law that's just ridiculous'

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, one of the most high-profile gay newsmen in the US, had some blunt criticism for Russia and its anti-gay propaganda law.

'The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,' says Roberts who is in Moscow this week to co-host the Miss Universe pageant for NBC.

November 8, 2013

'It allows people to abuse and hurt and vilify the LGBT community under the guise of some propaganda law that's just ridiculous'

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, one of the most high-profile gay newsmen in the US, had some blunt criticism for Russia and its anti-gay propaganda law.

'The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,' says Roberts who is in Moscow this week to co-host the Miss Universe pageant for NBC.

November 7, 2013

Anton Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts he still believes coming out 'was my debt to Russian gay people'

It's been 10 months since Anton Krasovsky announced on Russia's Kontr TV Channel that he is gay.

Within hours, he was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch. Viewers had to see his announcement live because footage of it was soon deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

'I'm sitting here without a job and actually without money,' Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview Wednesday (6 November).

November 7, 2013

Anton Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts he still believes coming out 'was my debt to Russian gay people'

It's been 10 months since Anton Krasovsky announced on Russia's Kontr TV Channel that he is gay.

Within hours, he was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch. Viewers had to see his announcement live because footage of it was soon deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

'I'm sitting here without a job and actually without money,' Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview Wednesday (6 November).

October 24, 2013

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: 'I wish they would have a little more faith in me'

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts is expressing dismay at the negative reaction he is getting for agreeing to co-host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

Some believe that by participating, Roberts may be inadvertently be providing Russian president Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT agenda with a supportive platform.

But Roberts sees an opportunity to also do reporting for MSNBC as well as for NBC which is broadcasting the 9 November pageant in the US.

October 24, 2013

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: 'I wish they would have a little more faith in me'

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts is expressing dismay at the negative reaction he is getting for agreeing to co-host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

Some believe that by participating, Roberts may be inadvertently be providing Russian president Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT agenda with a supportive platform.

But Roberts sees an opportunity to also do reporting for MSNBC as well as for NBC which is broadcasting the 9 November pageant in the US.

October 19, 2013

But says of Russia's anti-gay laws: 'I think that I'm going to do something about it'

MSNBC anchor and newly-hired Miss Universe co-host Thomas Roberts had a chat Friday with pageant owner Donald Trump about the event being held in Russia which has been under fire for its anti-gay laws.

Trump has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage equality in the US but has hired an openly gay man who got married to his longtime partner just last year.

October 17, 2013

Aggressively went after gig because 'it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people'

MSNBC’s openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts is going to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

It’s a gig that Bravo’s Andy Cohen had in recent years but declined this time because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. Cohen, who is openly gay, said he did not feel safe going into the country.

Roberts feels differently and 'aggressively' went after a job he sees as 'a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.'

October 17, 2013

Aggressively went after gig because 'it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people'

MSNBC’s openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts is going to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

It’s a gig that Bravo’s Andy Cohen had in recent years but declined this time because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. Cohen, who is openly gay, said he did not feel safe going into the country.

Roberts feels differently and 'aggressively' went after a job he sees as 'a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.'

September 6, 2013

'I think it's important that people know who I am and the background that I come from. That's the whole point of being out'

When he filmed a cameo role, as himself, in last year's blockbuster hit The Avengers, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts would have no idea that he would be the only LGBT representation in any Disney film in 2012.

That distinction was brought to light last month when GLAAD released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index which showed a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.

September 6, 2013

'I think it's important that people know who I am and the background that I come from. That's the whole point of being out'

When he filmed a cameo role, as himself, in last year's blockbuster hit The Avengers, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts would have no idea that he would be the only LGBT representation in any Disney film in 2012.

That distinction was brought to light last month when GLAAD released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index which showed a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.