Associated Press
January 03, 2014 AT 03:38 PM EST

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will be getting used to early hours as the new host of the network’s Way Too Early program.

The cable network on Friday gave Roberts the job as anchor of the newscast, which airs from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern just before Morning Joe. Roberts will also be a contributor to Morning Joe.

The irreverent Way Too Early was a springboard for former host Willie Geist, who is now a regular on Morning Joe and hosts an hour of NBC’s Today show.

Roberts will give up his current 11 a.m. anchoring slot, a post that hasn’t been filled yet.

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