American meteorologist William J “Bill” Karins has held the early morning shift on Morning Joe, Way Too Early (with Jonathan Lemire) and NBC News NOW for 15 years – today is his last. Is there a specific reason that Bill Karins is leaving Morning Joe – for example an injury, or being fired – and where is he going next?
Bill Karins confirms he is leaving Morning Joe’s early morning shift
In a Twitter post this morning, long-time Morning Joe meteorologist Bill Karins (full name: William J Karins) confirmed that today marks his last early morning shift on the program.
He went on to say that he will “miss all the great people” – but “not the alarms”. Karins added a screenshot of his daily alarm schedule, and it doesn’t look pretty.
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Born 14 April 1974, Karins recently celebrated his 48th birthday. He was one of the original meteorologists for the now shuttered NBC Weather Plus. He was with Morning Joe for a decade and a half.
Does there appear to be a specific reason for his departure?
No. He framed it simply as a “shift change”.
Bill Karins hasn’t been fired from the channel, and despite his penchant for running long distances, he doesn’t appear to have sustained an injury that would interfere with his broadcasting schedule.
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And where is he going next? Apparently, to other corners of the NBC universe.
Per his Twitter announcement, Karins will be “covering all things weather and climate” on NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and NBC News NOW. However, and crucially, he’ll be doing so in the afternoons and evenings, rather than early mornings.
Regular audience members react to Karins’ departure
Those who got to know Bill Karins over the last 15 years have reacted positively to his departure – not because they’re glad to see him go, but because of the respect they have for him.
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One of Karins’ listeners said via Twitter he’d miss his Morning Joe appearances, but that he looks forward to his “in depth broadcasts later in the day”.
Another added that it’s “been a long road”, and that they would miss him “in the mornings”. Finally, fellow meteorologist Patrick Hammer commented that he’s “looking forward to this new venture”.