Rachel Maddow quarantining, off air after possible COVID exposure

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow has been pulled off the air after a “close contact” to her tested positive for coronavirus.

Maddow tweeted the news around 6:25 p.m. eastern on Nov. 6, 2020, around the time she would have likely been joining MSNBC’s continuing coverage of election week.

Maddow said has not tested positive yet but hinted at the fact that it’s possible to test negative for the virus in the early stages.

In the tweet, which included a statement for Maddow attached as an image, she noted that she will “be at home quarentining ’til it’s safe for me to be back at work without putting anyone at risk.”

She also paid tribute to Nicholle Wallance, Brian Williams, Joy Reid and the “Great and Good Mr. Kornacki” (Steve Kornacki) for stepping up to take over rolling coverage.

Like many TV anchors, Maddow was anchoring her show from alternate locations and, although the exact locations of these were not released, she did indicate on air that it changed at least once.

She returned to the MSNBC studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza for convention, debate and election week coverage, however.

NBC has also set up rather sophisticated home TV studios for “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, but it’s not clear if they will go to that length for Maddow’s situation.

Maddow, along with Williams, Reid and Wallace, are typically billed as the “main” anchors of MSNBC political coverage.

Maddow has been serving as de facto lead anchor through the election cycle — being positioned in the center of the anchor desk and handling most opening segments and introducing her colleagues.